Lisa and Tai

Lisa and Tai’s wedding was so classically Berkeley in its every vein – it was beautiful! From the bowties and oxfords of the gentlemen, to the super unique oversized floral pattern on Lisa’s dress, attire, ambiance and guests all embodied this fun-loving couple throughout the day.

Lisa and Tai, Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events, Photo by  GEDI Photography

The Groomsmen, Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events, Photo by  GEDI Photography

Wendi with Sweetness and Light Floral Design worked beautifully with Lisa and Tai’s desire to be sustainable, local and seasonal in their decor, and incorporated succulents as little favors doubling as escort card holders, and made the flowers pop with textural uniqueness.

Tabletop, Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events, Photo by  GEDI Photography

Starting in the Berkeley Botanical Gardens’ Redwood Grove, we set the tone for natural beauty and celebration of simplistic love and beauty, a perfect setting for this wedding.

The Ceremony, Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events, Photo by  GEDI Photography

Lisa and Tai with Signage, Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events, Photo by  GEDI Photography

We then transitioned to the David Brower Center, a completely sustainable and green art facility in downtown Berkeley. Guests mingled, ate and drank among the modern art on the ground floor, and danced away in probably the most epic dance party we’d seen all summer.

The Reception, Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events, Photo by  GEDI Photography

We had so much fun being a part of this wedding! Thank you to everyone who helped make the day special.

Venues: Berkeley Botanical Gardens’ Redwood Grove and David Brower Center

Photographer: GEDI Photography

Florals: Sweetness and Light Floral Design

Catering and Rentals: Carrie Dove Catering

Bakery: Vanilla Moon Bakery

DJ: Spencer Weddings and Entertainment

Hair Stylist: Tetrachromat Studio

Kathleen and Terence

Kathleen and Terence’s wedding was a picture of elegance, from their gorgeous church ceremony to their candlelit Bently Reserve reception.

Ceremony at St. Dominic's Catholic Church, Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events, Photo by  Kevin Chin Photography

The best part of Kathleen and Terence’s day were their smiles – so loving and happy, the joy of those around them just complemented the classy spaces and decor.

The Wedding Party, Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events, Photo by  Kevin Chin Photography

A larger wedding, the layout was perfect for a venue such as Bently Reserve, filling the grand hall and allowing the uplights and candles to complete the space and make it feel cozy and like a smaller wedding than it really was.

The Bride and Groom's Table, Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events, Photo by  Kevin Chin Photography Tabletops, Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events, Photo by  Kevin Chin Photography

The best part of the day was Kathleen’s surprise to Terence – after months of practicing, she broke out a traditional Indian dance for him that he didn’t even think she knew how to do!

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Their guests were ready to rock the entire night, and everyone stayed until the end to party and dance the evening away!

The Bride and Groom, Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events, Photo by  Kevin Chin Photography

Thank you to the tremendous vendors that helped put the wedding together with us!

Venue: St. Dominic’s Catholic Church and Bently Reserve

Photography: Kevin Chin Photography

Videography: Kevin Chin Cinema

Personal Flowers: Tomobi Floral Art

Catering and Rentals: Premier Catering

Bartending: Best Beverage Catering

Cupcakes: Sift Cupcakes

DJ: DJ Jeremy Productions

Hair Stylist: J’Adore Beauty

Makeup Artist: Sydney McIver and J’Adore Beauty

Nikki and Gabe

Nikki and Gabe’s darling wedding at Nestldown last August was so adorable, and the photos were so well done by Pictilio, that they’ve been published on Style Me Pretty! You can check it out here.

Ceremony, Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events, Photo by  Pictilio

The Kiss, Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events, Photo by  Pictilio

When you’re working with a couple as good-looking as these two, it’s pretty hard not to make your wedding photos gorgeous – but Vitaliy and Candace of Pictilio did an amazing job nonetheless!

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We had the privilege of starting with Nikki and Gabe early in their process, helping them fall in love with Nestldown and the unbeatable natural surroundings, as well as frame their design of simple elegance – gray, white and a touch of modern whimsy.

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The process was a ton of fun, as I was practically taken into their family and friends and felt right at home with them, and the wedding day turned out to be a day of smiles.

Reception Tables, Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events, Photo by  Pictilio

Dessert Table, Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events, Photo by  Pictilio

Dance Floor, Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events, Photo by  Pictilio

 

Thank you to our amazing vendors!

Venue: Nestldown

Catering: Cafe Primavera

Photography: Pictilio

Florals: Sweetness and Light Floral Design

Linens: Napa Valley Linens

Music: Ron Grandia

Videography: One Day Pictures

Dessert Table: Honeycomb Events

Beth and Todd

Wedding in the redwoods, Coordination by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events, Photo by Nadine Photography

Wedding in the redwoods, Coordination by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events, Photo by Nadine Photography

Beth and Todd’s wedding was a down-to-earth casual reception in the trees. The couple’s intention was to celebrate their love in the place they loved most – the redwood forest.

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The venue was a perfect location to do just that, as they got married in a “chapel” made of trees.

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Everything was laid back, mostly DIY and really was an attempt to make every guest feel like each and every one of them were being treated to a giant backyard party hosted by the couple and their families.

Wedding in the redwoods, Coordination by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events, Photo by Nadine Photography

Our most unique elements came from the couple’s love of dance – the processional and recessional were completely dancing-filled! No somber ceremony here!

Wedding in the redwoods, Coordination by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events, Photo by Nadine Photography

Thanks to everyone who participated and made this day what Beth and Todd had envisioned!

Venue: Sequoia Retreat Center

Photography: Nadine Photography

Catering: Star of Siam

Bakery: The Buttery

Rentals: Alexis Party Rentals

Erin and Tom

Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events, Photo by Ian Martin Photojournalism

Erin and Tom’s wedding was our most “scientific” wedding to date – but led to such fun creativity and the opportunity for us to work with some really amazing vendors!

Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events, Photo by Ian Martin Photojournalism

Erin and Tom had hired many of their vendors by the time they brought us on board, and already had a killer vision together, but it was a joy to bring it all together.

From the graduated cylinders as centerpieces, lab book guest book, and the clincher – periodic table memes featuring their adorable kitty, this was a unique wedding that was “so Erin and Tom” for their guests!

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Erin homemade all of her paper flowers, and the venue contributed to the feeling of a science – oriented wedding for these brilliant scientist lovebirds.

Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events, Photo by Ian Martin Photojournalism

Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events, Photo by Ian Martin Photojournalism

Popcorn bar!

The best part of being a part of this wedding is the relationship we formed with the couple. I’m so happy and excited to say that we’re still in touch and are actually due for a hangout again soon, I hope – right, guys? :)

Thanks to everyone who helped make this day super special!

Venue: Lawrence Hall of Science

Photographer: Ian Martin Photojournalism

Flowers: Homemade

Cake: The Whole Cake

Music: Corelli Strings and Talon Entertainment

Catering: Miraglia Catering

Videography: Martin Wong Photography

Hair and Makeup: Shawn Cavlan Beauty Co.

Tina and Adam

Wedding at private home in Los Gatos, Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events, Photo by Andre Nguyen Photography

Tina and Adam’s wedding was such a special pleasure for us to plan and coordinate, because it was hosted at Adam’s parents’ home in the hills of Los Gatos. Private home weddings require some extra planning work, but are so much more gratifying and leave a lot more room for creative outlets. The space is yours to play with! And that view! :)

Wedding at private home in Los Gatos, Wedding Planning by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events, Photo by Andre Nguyen Photography

What makes our job so much more special sometimes is the way we’re able to work with a couple through every portion of the planning and creative process – the design, the vendors, the execution – it’s like combining everyone’s expertise to create the “dream team of weddings.” This wedding certainly had some of our favorites on the team!

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Tina’s dream was to have Tiffany blue and peach as her colors, then we had the natural beauty of the surroundings, the creative forces of our team, the floral designer and Adam’s mom, and the goal of a fun night for everyone to work with.

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It was a pleasure and honor to have been a part of Tina and Adam’s day, and we look forward to many more creative private home events next year!

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Thanks to all of our fabulous vendors:

Venue: Private Home

Catering: Weir and Associates

Photography: Andre Nguyen Photography

Florals: Lani Elizabeth

Rentals: Unica Party Rentals

Lighting: Unica Party Rentals

Cake: Cake Expressions

Music: Carl Mindling Music

Hair and Makeup: Lux Image Agency and Salon Mona Lisa

 

 

 

Jessica and Chris

The silence has been broken! After a total whirlwind year for us (but boy, do we have some fun and awesome updates and changes coming your way!), we actually have some time to catch up on our blogging – and are we behind! Considering we only got through half of our 2013 weddings here on the blog, you’ll have to excuse the lack of non-real-wedding related posts for the rest of this year. We have to get everyone’s darling pics up and share the fun ideas and love! Every so often, we’ll try to throw in a unique idea or topic post, and at some point we’ll be ready to unveil all the new things we have in store for our 2015 clients and beyond, but for now, we hope you’re excited to see regular posting again!

Have a specific topic you’d love to see us write about soon? Share it with us in the comments!

For now, I have the privilege to share the lovely photos by Andre Nguyen Photography of a truly darling wedding in the hills of Woodside, Jessica and Chris’ special day!

Photo by Andre Nguyen Photography, Wedding Coordination by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events

What made Jessica and Chris’ wedding extra special was the intimate involvement of their families, in the ways they truly shined. For example, I had the privilege of attending their rehearsal dinner, lovingly hosted by Chris’ parents at their home. It honestly felt like one big family that evening, with jokes, smiles and down-to-earth comfortability. The most exciting familial component, however, was the venue itself – Jessica’s parents’ farm. There were details that we see at professional event venues, all handcrafted and made just for this day. It was the perfect combination of rustic, simple and elegant.  Photo by Andre Nguyen Photography, Wedding Coordination by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events Photo by Andre Nguyen Photography, Wedding Coordination by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events Photo by Andre Nguyen Photography, Wedding Coordination by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events

Jessica won the prize for perhaps the calmest and happiest bride I’d ever seen – right down to the moments before the ceremony! It was truly a day of joy for everyone. Jessica’s dad gave a toast that had everyone in stitches, and the family dog even participated in a toast!

Photo by Andre Nguyen Photography, Wedding Coordination by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events

Photo by Andre Nguyen Photography, Wedding Coordination by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events

The wedding went so well, and the homemade venue was so beautiful, that I had the pleasure of meeting with Jessica’s parents and advising them to open up their farm as a venue! They now host weddings for couples other than their daughter – and we’d love to work there again! You can check them out at http://www.pearsonranchweddings.com/

Photo by Andre Nguyen Photography, Wedding Coordination by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events Photo by Andre Nguyen Photography, Wedding Coordination by Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events

Congratulations again to Jessica and Chris!

Photos: Andre Nguyen Photography

Florals: Sweetness and Light Floral Design

Catering: Weir and Associates

Music: Carl Mindling Music

Officiant: Barbara Boyd

Cake: Icing on the Cake

Limo: Elegant Journey Limousine

Rentals: A-1 Rentals

Hair and Makeup: Salon 121

Do’s & Don’ts of Wedding Attire: How to Dress to Impress

Our intern Cara is guest blogging for us with her tips and tricks for dressing appropriately for weddings. Enjoy!

Each and every wedding should have its own style, its own flow, and its own personality! But a few tips and guidelines never hurt when it comes to dressing to impress.  Weddings and other social events are always a fun time to get dressed up.  No matter what, you should always portray your own style and individuality but here are a few tips when preparing an outfit for a wedding.

Guidelines for men and women.

Guidelines for men and women.

Women

DO dress accordingly to the invitation and location – You always want to double check the attire that is posted on the invitation! There are many different types of attire, such as semi-casual, cocktail, black tie, beach, etc.  The bride and groom specify their desired attire so their guests can dress appropriately and feel comfortable on their big day! Also, the location can make a difference on what one may choose to wear.  Outdoor ceremonies versus indoor can change your choice of footwear or whether or not to bring a light jacket.

DON’T wear a new pair of shoes – One should never break in a new pair of shoes at such an event! New heels or flats can become painful and uncomfortable after a few short hours and we all know we want to be content and focused on the couple – not how much our feet hurt!

Cute flats that aren't too casual.

Cute flats that aren’t too casual.

DO bring flats/sandals just incase! – Bringing an extra pair of comfortable shoes is always a good idea.  Weddings can be an all day event and by the dinner and dancing, throwing on a pair of sandals or flats can save your feet for the night.

DON’T wear white – This celebration is for the bride and groom! They should always be the center of attention.  This is one day for the bride to be the main focus and her dress to be outstanding.  The color white is saved for the bride on her big day, so steer clear of any shades of white when planning your outfit.

Necklaces are great accessories for simple dresses.

Necklaces are great accessories for simple dresses.

DO accessorize! – Adding fun jewelry, bags, or shoes can always pull an outfit together.  When attending a wedding you want to feel feminine and confident so why not add some great accessories to complete your look! Bold necklaces, cuff bracelets, and a simple clutch are just a few items that can add to a great dress.

DON’T dress in any lavish colors, patterns – Again, we want the bride and groom to be the main focus on their amazing day of celebration. There is no need to pull any attention away from them with extravagant patterns or colors (such as animal prints, neon colors, or excessive sequins).  Try to choose a subtler, fun look for the evening.

 

Gentlemen

DO come clean-shaven – You always want to look in tip-top shape, so a clean shave or well-groomed facial hair will always pull off the perfect look.  A clean cut and style will help one feel groomed and ready for a great night.  Remember we are celebrating and want to look our best.

Simple ties can really pull together the look.

Simple ties can really pull together the look.

DON’T rent your clothing – This can lead to issues of style, comfort, and fit.  Having a tailored suit is one of the most important aspects to a suit.  Style can go a long way but when it comes to a loosely fitting suit, you may look a little out of place.  Renting your clothing can cause conflict with size, color, and so much more.

DO keep ties/bow ties simple and subtle – Accessorizing is important but you never want to draw too much attention when it comes to your tie/bow tie decision because this day is all about the couple.  Keep in mind that your outfit should be sleek and representative of you, yet nothing too extravagant.  Try to minimize the attention and stick to simple patterns and colors.

 

DON’T wear jeans, EVER – Underdressing is the sworn enemy.  You should rather show up to an event or wedding overdressed than underdressed.  Jeans and a jacket may seem comfortable and “your style” but it is a celebration of those you care for, so why not add a little and go with nice slacks and a blazer or even a full suit? Its better to be safe than sorry and attend well dressed.

A little addition to a great outfit!

A little addition to a great outfit!

Matching your pants and socks is a must.

Matching your pants and socks is a must.

DO add a pocket square – A pocket square is the perfect opportunity to add a touch of color or personality to an outfit! You want to include a pocket square at a wedding because not only is it a nice fashion statement but also you never know if someone may need to borrow it at such an amazing celebration and ceremony!

DON’T forget to match your socks with pants – Cohesiveness is key! It is very important for your socks and pant color to look consistent.  The awkward gap in between can look unprofessional and sometimes sloppy, so making sure they are at least somewhat similar can go a long way for the outfit.

Myles and John’s Vintage Estate Wedding Featured in Today’s Bride SF

We’re thrilled to announce that Myles and John’s wonderful Vintage Estate wedding was featured in the Winter 2014 edition of Today’s Bride SF! This elegant event used an eclectic mix of round and banquet tables in the dinner area with low and lush centerpieces to highlight the understated natural elegance while vibrant pops of orange pumped up the ambiance throughout the day. A lounge was set up in the Historic Barrel Room where the night ended with dancing to create a relaxed and fun atmosphere.  Check out the pictures in Today’s Bride SF feature below.

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Thanks to all our wonderful vendors for making the day so amazing! – Rhee Bevere Photography, Sweetness & Light Floral Design, Sweetie Pies, DJ Carl Mindling, Harpist Krista Strader, Napa Valley Linens, and Hartmann Studios.

Our fabulous baby book shower!

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It seems fitting that my last blog here on the Caitlin Arnold Events site for a while should be just before I go on maternity leave and be about my baby shower, there’s something nicely poetic about it! I am so lucky to have such a wonderful team to work with who threw me and my husband an amazing baby shower using some of the tips we shared on our Planning the Perfect Baby Shower blog back in January.

Thanks to an amazing team effort on the part of Caitlin and Wendi Goad (our florist extraordinaire over at Sweetness & Light Floral Design) the shower was a huge success. I knew going in that I wanted a casual, co-ed baby shower as I’m not huge on being the center of attention and wanted my husband to get some of it as well – after all it’s his baby too!

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My mom and dad graciously offered their house to host the party and we gathered about 40 friends and family to enjoy some delicious food, amazing desserts, and just have a good time!

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As I said in the earlier blog, ours was a “baby book shower” – meaning we asked all of our guests to bring a children’s book with a note written inside to create our baby’s library. Wendi provided a vintage bookshelf in the entryway for people to drop their books off.

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Even though I couldn’t partake, I didn’t think everyone should go dry just for me so Caitlin created a delicious pineapple, ginger and orange punch that could be spiked for some added fun, along with some adorable custom cups with “This book belongs to” name plates.

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Wendi used our blue, orange and aqua color palette to amazing effect with her flowers, which we enhanced with some custom block letters that I made and will later use in the baby’s room.

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Our food was courtesy of Weir & Associates Catering, who provided some delicious – and pregnancy-safe! – foods for everyone.

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And the amazing dessert spread was from Honeycomb Events who really outdid themselves with a custom background made up of old library check out cards. I couldn’t resist having one of each dessert and they were delicious!

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As for games/events we kept it low-key with just a custom word search that I created for the day, providing a Starbucks card to the winner.

Overall, I couldn’t imagine a more perfect baby shower for our growing family – a chance to gather family and friends, eat some delicious treats, and open some presents! My huge thanks go out to Caitlin and Wendi for planning such a great day and special thanks to Shannon Joesting for the amazing photos! Check out our gallery for even more photos.