Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Our Warehouse Wedding Is Featured!

Remember my warehouse wedding blog that I posted a few months ago? That wedding has now been featured on WedLoft.com! You can check out more details of the story and the amazing photos captured by Rosaura Sandoval here.

I will also like to thank the AWESOME team of event professionals who participated and contributed to their wedding day:

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Marquez Brothers Warehouse
Lighting and Drapery: North American Theatre Technology
Floral Designer and Wedding Day Stationery: Chic Designs
Caterer: Catered Too!
Videographer: BlissfulPixel
Wedding Cake: Jen's Cakes
DJ: DJ Nica
Spanish Guitarist: Jay Alvarez
Mariachi Band: Oye Productions
Babysitting Service: VIP Babysitting
Cigar Roller: Oye Productions
Taco Cart: Medina's Taco Bar Catering
Late Night Snack: Pinkberry
Guest Transportation: Lone Star Limousine and Angel Limo
Hair and Makeup Artists: Savvy Hair Salon

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Wish Upon A Wedding Blissful Wishes Gala - California Academy of Sciences

Wish Upon A Wedding will be having its annual Northern California Gala at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco this year. Tickets are selling fast so get your tickets today!

Things are being set in motion for the Gala coming up next month and we're working with awesome caterers to give guests an experience they will not soon forget!

There is also an online auction for brides and grooms to purchase items for their weddings such as photography packages, invitations, candy favors and many more, please check them out here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Modern Romance Table Design

Last month, I posted the inspiration board for the table design I am doing for Stuart Rental. Last week, I went in to Stuart Rental's showroom in Milpitas to set up the table design and will like to share with you photos of the completed design.

My goal is to create a design that is contemporary, sophisticated and elegant. I used the colors of blush pink, wine and silver with splashes of sparkly accents to achieve that look. The Crinkle linen and Lamour napkin were chosen to provide a contrast in texture. Square place card holders, votive holders, centerpiece vase and flatware with a square motif are used to reflect the contemporary aspect.

Overall design:

Close-ups of design elements:

What do you think of this table design? Feel free to let me know in the comments below!

I also want to thank my awesome team of vendors for their collaboration in this table design!

Rentals: Stuart Rental Company
Stationery: Cards de Luxe
Clay Florals: DK Designs
Cupcake Wrappers: Sugar Cat Studio

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sneak Peek - Modern Romance Table Design

Brides: Pink table, pink bouquet, silver dress, silver shoe, champagne glasses
The Knot: Pink centerpiece, gray container centerpiece, pink and wine bouquet
Stuart Rental: Crushed Iridescent Wine linen, Lamour Primrose linen
Sugar Cat Studio: Pink cupcake wrappers

Recently, I have been invited by Stuart Rental to design a table for their main showroom in Milpitas. The above picture is my inspiration board for the table design. Stay tuned for the reveal of the design next month!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wish Upon A Wedding Blissful Wishes Gala

Since it has been a while since I talked about this non-profit organization, I thought I'll post an update and let you know that Wish Upon A Wedding has recently launched their newly-redesigned website.

Also, earlier this year, I was approached to see if I was interested in contributing to the Northern California's second annual gala this year, so I jumped on the opportunity! I am now the Catering Coordinator for their Blissful Wishes Gala and am responsible for all details surrounding the catering portion of the evening. I am SO excited for this opportunity to do my part in vounteering for such a cause-worthy organization. Besides, I love working with caterers and food, so it's a perfect fit!

The Blissful Wishes Gala is going to take place in late November, I'll be sure to post more details in a future blog.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Catering Trend Alert!

Food trucks are getting more popular nowadays, there are even festivals in the Bay Area dedicated to them and street food. As a surprise for wedding guests, how about hiring a food truck to come by during dancing time and serve up some late-night snacks? Food trucks here offer a variety of delectables, it's not just your traditional tacos anymore, there are Korean tacos, Thai tacos, Vietnamese tacos, it's fusion cuisine, fancy some lemongrass chicken tacos or vegetarian tofu tacos? There are even sweet treats such as ice cream, cupcakes, creme brulee etc. It's amazing how vast the variety is. Do you know there's even a food truck offering organic dim sum?

As a foodie myself, I never pass up an opportunity to try what a food truck has to offer. One of my favorite food trucks is Sam's ChowderMobile, their lobster rolls are to die for!

Eat Real Festival 2010 in Oakland
Another of my favorite food trucks is RoliRoti, it is a gourmet rotisserie food truck and I can never pass up on their porchetta sandwiches, traditional Italian roasted pork served on a bread roll with greens, yum! They can actually cater your entire meal, from starters to desserts.
Roasted pork in action

The famous porchetta sandwich
Another famous food truck is Nom Nom, they originated from the Los Angeles area, offer Vietnamese cuisine and recently expanded to the Bay Area. They were also featured on the Food Networks' series "The Great Food Truck Race".

Nom Nom food truck at a corporate event in the Bay Area
A good place to try out different types of food trucks is to go to a food trucks gathering, there is one called Edgewood Eats in Palo Alto on Monday evenings (moving to Tuesday evenings starting October). They usually have 9 to 10 food trucks there so you can get to taste a variety of food.

Whether you want something rustic, gourmet, or organic, I am sure you will be able to find a food truck that satisfy your needs. Brides and grooms, you should also check with your wedding site to make sure they allow food trucks and if the space and terrain is suitable for the trucks.

Hope you find this information useful in your wedding planning!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

My first hilltop-turned-warehouse wedding

Where do I even begin to describe what I've been busy with for the past couple of months, only to have the plans come to fruition in a completely different way than I expected...

A couple of months ago, I met with a couple from Central California who was looking to have their wedding at a family-owned property here in the Bay Area. They had a clear vision of what they want their wedding to be like; a celebration with family and friends lasting from the afternoon till the wee hours of the morning, with elements of surprise here and there. Ok, so here we have a site, which is just mainly land on a hilltop; we will have to bring in generators, lighting, tents, water, portable restrooms and all the rentals among the more than twenty vendors we have to secure (think mariachi band, Spanish guitarist and DJ for musical entertainment, Pinkberry and taco cart for late-night snacks, babysitters and magician for the kids, a photo booth and cigar roller for other activities), plus make it all happen in about two months? Why not, I love a challenge as much as anyone else!

Transportation was also a major issue as we needed to shuttle guests up the hill via a dirt road for the wedding and down the hill at the end of it. So, after much time and effort spent on finding, coordinating and planning details with about twenty four vendors, we were supposed to have an outdoor ceremony, tented reception and an outdoor cocktail hour and lounge area. Lo and behold, the June 4th weekend was the first rainy weekend we had in weeks and that threw a MAJOR kink in our plans.

The dirt road got really wet, muddy and slippery, making it difficult for non-4 wheel drive vehicles to get up the hill. The vendors were the first to arrive at the site and one of their vans got stuck! The property owner had to tow it up with his bulldozer, that is not a good sign. As the rain poured on, a decision has to be made as to whether the wedding was still going to be held on the hilltop or moved to a different location, and if so, where can we move it to in such short notice?

To make a long story short, a relative of the couple offered his warehouse for their wedding so the caterer, lighting designer, floral designer, my assistant and I scrambled to have everything set up in about three hours. Picture a Costco-style warehouse, with aisles of products on one end and large loading/unloading docks on the other. Natti and her staff, our lighting designer from North American Theatre Technology, Inc., added as much pipe and drape as possible to make the open space as attractive as possible.

Even though the schedule was delayed, we still had the ceremony and the reception still lasted till 2am. In the end, the bride and groom were happy with the way things turned out, they still had a great time celebrating with their family and friends and even though the view was not what they had in mind, it turned out to be an unforgettable wedding for them after all.

That is thanks in part to all the vendors who banded together to make it happen. Personally, I'm grateful for the team of vendors we assembled for this wedding, they showed professionalism in their service that day, especially Stuart Rental, Catered Too!, North American Theatre Technology, Inc. and Chic Designs.

To all you brides and grooms out there, the lesson to take away from this is make sure you hire quality vendors; all vendors can do a good job under normal circumstances, it's what they can do in extreme circumstances that separates the good from the great. How do you go about hiring quality vendors, well, start off by hiring a wedding planner! They will be able to help you distinguish the great ones. Stay tuned for more photos in a future blog!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Occupational Hazard of a Wedding Planner?

That is from attending food tastings and cake tastings with wedding couples and...

attending caterers' open houses and bridal fairs :)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Karen and Aric - Summer 2010

What do you do when you have been planning your wedding but got stressed out as it gets closer and closer to the wedding day and you feel overwhelmed with all the wedding details? Why, you seek professional help of course!

That is exactly what Karen and Aric did. Karen came to us about a month before her wedding, looking to have us help her manage her wedding day and take care of all final details for her wedding. We gladly took over and allowed her and Aric to be able to enjoy the extra time that was free-ed up. Mind you, Karen was a very organized bride and very meticulous about details herself. She even gave us all the wedding stuff in labeled boxes on the rehearsal day, which makes our job easier!

Karen and Aric got married at The Pavilion Event Center at Boulder Ridge Golf Club in San Jose. It is a relatively new venue for weddings and it has gorgeous views of Almaden Valley in San Jose. Even though their wedding day was one of the hottest days last summer, Karen and Aric did not let it bother them and soaked in all the glorious sunshine amidst all the love and support shown by their friends and families that day.

I love it when couples add personalized touches to their wedding day, Karen and Aric's wedding is one of my favorite summer weddings last year. They were going to honeymoon in Hawaii so they used leis to decorate the aisle at their outdoor ceremony. Karen is Chinese and the wedding reflected this as they had specialty wooden fans from China at the ceremony for the guests. They also had a dessert buffet at their reception; cupcakes, cookies, eclairs, cream puffs and fruit tarts, yum! That turned out to be a very popular feature for the guests, the desserts were gone in a flash!

This was a wedding that has understated elegance written all over it, check out the photos below to see for yourself:

Thank you to Tom Vo Photography for providing all the photos here! You can also visit his blog for more photos of their wedding here.

Monday, March 7, 2011

ACPWC EPIC Conference 2011

What a February it has been! I spent most of my time working on the ACPWC EPIC Conference, specifically the Events Professional Showcase that took place on Friday, and am so happy that the entire Conference was a huge success. Both attendees and vendors alike commented on how valuable the information gained from the workshops are; I know I personally learnt a lot of useful information that I cannot wait to implement into my own business.

It was a lot of hard work but I'm so glad that it paid off! The Showcase reminded me of the event that I helped plan last year, the Free Pamper Yourself Event. We also had different types of vendors showcase their products and services. It looks like I had been doing a showcase each February for the past 2 years, wonder what next February will bring.

Without further ado, here are some photos I'd like to share with you:

Registration table on Friday morning
Breakfast table Friday morning with linens by Exquisite Party Rental
Opening address by ACPWC Director Deborah Moody
Vendor Showcase at The Poolside Pavilion at Hyatt Regency
Vendor Showcase at The Poolside Pavilion at Hyatt Regency
Lounge area for the Gala on Saturday night (by North American Theatre Technology and furniture from Stuart Rental)
The Poolside Pavilion transformed for the Gala
Table setup (Chairs and linens from Stuart Rental, centerpiece from Citti's and North American Theatre Technology)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New Kid On The Block - BoLee Bridal Couture

BoLee Bridal Couture is a new bridal salon in Sunnyvale. They have been open for a couple of months now and I decided to pay them a visit yesterday. 

Their salon is big and spacious with plenty of room to accomodate brides and their entourages. I spoke with the owner, Bo Lee's, husband and he told me that they started this couture salon to cater to brides who want good-quality gowns with affordable price tags. They pride themselves also on their customer service; the appointments are 1 and 1/2 hours to ensure that the bride is not rushed and can enjoy the time trying on bridal gowns.

They carry bridal gowns ranging from $700 to $3,000 and some of the lines they carry include Mikaella, Pronovias, Ella Bridal, and David Tutera, which is exclusive to them . They also carry bridal party attire with lines such as Watters and Watters and Wtoo. They are going to be adding more lines to their salon in the future. In the meantime, their grand opening is this Saturday, January 29th, and they will be hosting an Ella Bridal and Haute Bride Accessory trunk shows on that day too, so book your appointments and check them out!

542 Lawrence Expressway, Sunnyvale, CA 94085

408 - 774 - 9242 (business)
408 - 774 - 9342 (fax)

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Happy 2011!

Happy New Year!

The time between this post and my last post seemed to have flown by in an instant, I guess that is what happens when you take a vacation to rejuvenate yourself. My husband and I went to Hong Kong and Singapore to visit families over the holidays and spent Christmas and New Year in a warmer climate, good times.

Now that the new year has begun, I look forward to the ACPWC E.P.I.C. 2011 Conference, which is coming up next month. To all you small business owners out there, I highly encourage you to check it out, we have an amazing lineup of speakers and workshops.

In regards to Enchanting Events, we are continuing to enhance our services to brides and grooms to better assist them with their wedding planning needs. We are very excited about the upcoming changes and cannot wait to share them with you soon!

In the upcoming couple of months, we will also be posting about our favorite weddings from the past year, so please stay tuned! Wishing all of you a happy, healthy and safe 2011!

(And just because I am still reminiscing about my Christmas vacation, I leave you with a picture of me taken in Hong Kong.)