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 Pt. 1

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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

Colleen and Martin

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Colleen and Martin’s wedding intrigued me from the very beginning, since it was another creative design opportunity! Colleen wanted to blend the venue choice – Lawrence Hall of Science – with her art deco dress, and then with Martín’s Mexican heritage. I had so much fun developing and working through the design proposal, to land on a design that incorporated geometric designs (Mexican-inspired), deep purples and reds (think oxblood color!), and my favorite – vintage bugs and butterflies, of the sort you would find in an old scientist’s display or book. Lawrence Hall of Science helped us out with the direction after we found out the exhibit that would be set up for the wedding was giant bugs! Not a wedding theme, you think? Try again!

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With the help of Wendi from Sweetness and Light Floral Design, we made each and every centerpiece (22 in total!) a different terrarium of flowers, greenery and butterflies. Our copy and typeface for every piece of stationery was art deco inspired and of course Colleen had a butterfly comb in her hair!

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The match of Colleen’s art deco dress with Martín’s zoot suit was fantastic, and on a perfectly beautiful and sunny day, we partied in style!

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Colleen and Martín kept up their unique wedding approach by doing all heavy hors d’oeuvres for dinner – ceviche, sushi, mini grilled cheese with tomato soup, sliders, tacos – yum! It was a feast and provided even culinary entertainment for the guests.

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Everything about this wedding was a blast to design and put together, with creative twists at every turn! Thank you for the opportunity of being a part of the day!

Venue: Lawrence Hall of Science

Photography: Andre Nguyen Photography

Florals: Sweetness and Light Floral Design

Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music: Entire Productions

Reception Music and MC: Caliber DJs

Catering: Carrie Dove Catering

Rentals: Hartmann Studios

Bakery: The Whole Cake

Hair and Makeup: Fox and Doll

Espresso Cart: Espresso Subito

Photo Booth: Smile City Photo Booth

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