Thursday, January 19, 2012

Inspiration Board ~ Tangerine, Pink and Green

Etsy: Tangerine flower photo, hair comb, glass pendant, felt ring and dinosaur cake topper
 Brides: Bridesmaid dress, mixed flowers bouquet
The Knot: Invitation, green mums pomander
Saks Fifth Avenue: Tangerine pumps
Elegala: Gerbera daisies bouquet

Pantone's color for 2012 is Tangerine Tango, a vibrant red orange. Since it is such a bold color, I like to pair it with softer pastel colors like blush pink and light green for a balanced look. I think this color combo lends itself very well to spring and summer weddings, don't you think so? Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

My day at The Wedding Symposium

Last Saturday, I had the honor of hearing celebrity event designer Preston Bailey speak on event design at a workshop at The Wedding Symposium held in conjunction with The Wedding Faire at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Like a giddy schoolgirl, I was star-struck with the sight of Preston and it felt really surreal to be in the same room as him. Listening to him speak, I realized that he is a really down-to-earth, funny kind of guy; no celebrity attitude, just a normal expert telling us stories about himself, his business, his past, current and future projects. It was very enlightening to hear about his sucesses and failures and how his business grew into the conglomerate that it is today. The one thing I love about Preston is his over-the-top designs; all the design slides he showed in the workshop generated oohs and aahs from us, they were so amazing! What can I say? Preston Bailey, you are truly an inspiration!

Mr Fabulous himself!
After his workshop, I had some spare time before The Wedding Lunch, so I went to check out the Design Gallery in The Wedding Faire.

ACPWC booth at The Wedding Faire

Classic Party Rentals and Pico Soriano Designs

Amazae Special Events and Nicole Ha Designs
Hartmann Studios

Napa Valley Linens
The next event I was looking forward to that day was The Wedding Lunch. We were able to view table designs by celebrity event designers Sasha Souza, Bryan Rafanelli, Nikki Khan, and Preston Bailey too. Sasha Souza also gave a presentation on her Favorite Things for brides, wedding professionals and weddings in general. I had heard her speak last year at the ACPWC EPIC Conference and it was interesting to hear how she runs her business and deal with her clients. She didn't disappoint again, I walked away with useful tips that I cannot wait to try.

Rafanelli Events with Amazae Special Events

Nikki Khan from Exquisite Events

Poppy's Petalworks (recreating a Preston Bailey signature design)

I also bought a copy of Preston's latest book, Preston Bailey Flowers, and got it signed by the master himself! All in all, time well spent on a beautiful Saturday...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

2011 in Review and Happy 2012!

Are we already in 2012, what happened to 2011? I don't know about you but time seems to have flown by really quickly the past year. Let's recap some of our highlights for 2011:

In February, we participated and helped organize and manage the Event Professionals Showcase at the ACPWC E.P.I.C. 2011 Conference which was received warmly by the participating event professionals.

We had 2 memorable weddings in June. Firstly, we had our most challenging wedding to date; what we like to refer to as our "warehouse wedding" now, which was recently published at Wedloft. Later that month, we had our first Marie-Antoinette-themed wedding at the San Francisco Fairmont Hotel. It was a blast designing that wedding with our bride, we promise photos will be posted in the upcoming months!

In October, we were able to help coordinate a wedding for a dear friend of ours, who is also a wedding planner, and also took some time off for a vacation in Rome and Florence (blog coming soon!).

In December, we launched our Facebook Fan Page (do check it out if you haven't already), where we hope to interact more closely with our clients and vendors.

Looking ahead, we look forward to working on this year's weddings, keeping you posted on our chronicles and like to wish you all an awesome year ahead!