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Wente Vineyards Wedding


All I can say is that this wedding was just all sorts of marsala and blush, romantic goodness!  First of all, this couple is absolutely GORGEOUS.  Secondly, the amount of swag they have is unreal.  Lastly, they have amazing taste and style in regards to what they wanted to see for their wedding.  Designing for them was so easy and such a blast, I love it when that happens!  There are so many amazing details to their day and we were so happy to see this one featured on Style Me Pretty.  Scroll through the gorgeous images and read through how we designed their day for was just the prettiest!

Such a beautiful invitation suite hand calligraphed by Bianca Mascarro, don't you think?

Such a beautiful invitation suite hand calligraphed by Bianca Mascarro, don't you think?


Did I mention yet how much style our bride has?  She's the blogger behind Chic Happens and this blush Vera Wang gown is just too pretty for words.  Along with her dress, she let her bridesmaids choose various styles from Amsale to complete their wedding party look.


Their wedding ceremony took place inside the Barrel Room of Wente Vineyards.  We dreamt up a romantic ceremony full of natural foliage that Gavita Flora executed flawlessly.  My favorite design element was the foliage that was draped around the chandeliers and the crazy, beautiful floral arch of course!  My favorite part?  The dip at the end of the ceremony followed by guests congratulating the couple with red rose petals.


For their cocktail hour, we created a limoncello wall backdrop, Italy was where the couple was engaged so they wanted to bring a little bit of Italy to their guests.  We adorned the wall with olive sprigs and lemons and their family friend hand made limoncello for guests to take home as favors.


Their reception was an absolute DREAM, with a tent of twinkle lights for guests to dine under.  I loved the soft palettes of cremes and greys, accented by grey plates, wax seal escort cards and the marsala wine glasses that added the extra punch to the design.  The lounge setting that we brought in to frame the dance floor added that bit of intimacy for guests to feel right at home.


G+K, thank you for letting us be a part of your amazingly beautiful and romantic day.  I loved every minute of working with you both and your love story is truly the best!  "K", you did good!

Planning and Design and Day of Stationery:  Charmed Events Group, Photography: Jasmine Lee, Floral Design: Gavita Flora, Hair and Make UP:  Make up by Quis, Venue:  Wente Vineyards, Bridal Gown:  Vera Wang, Bridesmaids Dresses:  Amsale, Menswear:  Menguin, Rentals:  Classic Party, Linens: La Tavola, Invitation Suite:  Bianca Mascarro, Videographer:  Lovespun Films

Villa Montalvo Wedding

We are so excited to share with you our first feature of the year and it's on the front page of Style Me Pretty right now!  J+S chose Villa Montalvo as their venue, traveling from Houston, Texas for their wedding, we planned and designed their sweet destination wedding with them from afar and the colors of this wedding are just killer!  We used a palette of dusty blues paired with bright oranges, peaches and whites to make all of our details pop against the blue and accented it all with gold detailing.  Enjoy the photos that my dear (and ah-mazing) friend, Jen Huang, captured from this beautiful day.

Their ceremony took place at the Tuscan Gardens of Villa Montalvo.  I love the detailing of ivy running up the pillars that we designed with the help of Poppys Petalworks and the loose garlands with peach and orange blooms that lined the aisle chairs.  A favorite detail of the ceremony was definitely the foliage crowns that were placed on the statues; it was such a fun and quirky detail that the bride and groom insisted on!

The groom is an avid collector of vintage records.  For their escort display, we sprayed their old records white and placed them on a painted blue wall.  Each record was accented by sweet blooms to complete the setting.

Nothing is more beautiful than thoughtfully, processed details.  For their reception, we wanted to keep the design classic and simple.  The rich pops of colors really added to our design and I love the sweet orange flowers that were placed at each guest's setting.

***DESIGNERS TIP***  Color is back friends!  Let's go big with color for 2017 and be a little daring.  Using your favorite staples of gold and blush are more than acceptable but for this upcoming year, use those colors as accent colors rather than the primary colors to your wedding palette.

Oh so lovely vendors of the day:  Planning and Design:  Charmed Events Group (that's us!), Photography: Jen Huang, Floral Design:  Poppys Petalworks, Rentals:  Standard Party Rentals, Linens: La Tavola, Venue: Villa Montalvo

Classic Villa Montalvo Wedding

We hope that you had a wonderful and love filled Thanksgiving!  We are so thrilled that Elizabeth Anne Designs featured this wedding on their blog today, this wedding is the quintessential definition of classic and elegant.  C+D were high school sweethearts who bonded over their love and art of classical music and naturally their wedding had to reflect the same essence as the music that they love.  For their wedding, we created the design based off of their wants to have a white wedding but warmed the aesthetic by adding hints of blush.  Their wedding was such a pretty and romantic one and I just loved working with both the couple and their families to make their dream wedding come true!

I loved this elegant and classic display that we created for their escort cards.  Tango and Foxtrot did a beautiful job of adding foliage to this display as well as the lounge settee to match the beautiful grounds of Villa Montalvo.

This reception was a dream!  We combined oval tables with square tables..I always love when we use tables that are not of the norm, they make the design that much better!  We draped the tables in alternating linens of velvet mauve and lace and accented each setting with gold flatware and gold stationery.  My favorite little detail of each place setting were the white polka dot napkins, it added whimsy to the design...and if you know us, we're all about that extra flair of whimsy =)

Thank you C+D for having us for your big day, your wedding day filled my heart with love and on that particular weekend, reminded me of why we do what we do.  Couples like you (and your families too!) make it more than worth it.  Loved seeing the both of you travel around the world and am so excited to meet your baby girl soon!

Planning, Design and Stationery:  Charmed Events Group, Photographer:  Danielle Poff, Floral Design: Tango and Foxtrot, Venue:  Villa Montalvo, Rentals:  Standard Party Rentals, Linens:  La Tavola, Cake:  Studio Cake

Glamorous Stanford Wedding

What can I say about this wedding for our stylish NY bride and groom except wow and wow!  No detail was overlooked for this couple's wedding as we dreamed up the most perfect wedding featuring this year's Pantone colors of the year, rose quartz and serenity blue.  Being that Stanford is the groom's alma mater, they were married at the Stanford Memorial Church and held their reception at the Stanford Faculty Club.  We completely transformed the space to reflect a glamourous, romantic and elegant wedding and were thrilled to hear so many guests comment that they've never seen the space look so good!  You know what?  We agree, this wedding was an absolute beaut!  We are thrilled as always to have Style Me Pretty feature this wedding on their front page, special thanks to Jasmine Lee for the beautiful photos and to the rest of our allstar cast of vendors for making this dream wedding come true for our bride and groom.

I absolutely loved the stationery suite that we created for this couple, having Aerialist Press finish the design with gold foil and gold seals by Written Word Calligraphy topped it all off.

Can we please discuss how stylish this couple is?  L-O-V-E!

Charlie, the pug, flew in from NYC to be by his parents' side as they got married.  He was a huge inspiration to the design of the day as you will see below.

Our couple loves their pug so much, we had to incorporate him into the design of the day!  We created a custom silhouette made of him for our escort wall and centered the escort cards concept in his namesake.  I love the lounge that One True Love Vintage Rentals provided for us, it was just so perfectly pink and romantic!

The transformation of the Faculty Club was unreal, it was just breathtakingly beautiful as we draped the entire room, had two different tablescapes of rose quartz and serenity blue, with a giant floral chandelier to anchor the design of the room.  Each placecard had the couple's custom wax seal on it and I just loved the napkin treatments that we created for each place setting.  It's all in the details they say and in this case, we had an abundance of it.  Our pal, Nicole Ha, absolutely killed it with the floral design.

This floral chandelier and cake was everything!

Dearest J+H, your wedding was a dream and it was such a privilege to plan and design this destination wedding with you.  Your wedding was and is, quintessentially the essence of who we are as designers.  Thank you so much for choosing us and sharing your lives (and Charlie!) with us!  xoxo.

Planning, Design and Stationery:  Charmed Events Group, Photography:  Jasmine Lee Photography, Floral Design:  Nicole Ha, Rentals:  Bright Event Rentals, Classic Party Rentals, Standard Party Rentals, Lounge Furniture:  One True Love Vintage Rentals, Tabletop Rentals:  Frances Lane, Chair Covers:  Wildflower Linens, Cake:  Pretty Please SF, Lighting and Drape:  JL Imagination, Linens:  La Tavola, Foil and Letterpress:  Aerialist Press Venue:  Stanford Faculty Club

Camel Hill Estate Wedding

Gosh how I loved this wedding so and how I loved this couple so!  S+B were married on their family's private estate and what made their venue so special was that there were camels there!  For their wedding, we collectively dreamed of a fun and bright palette of darker blues paired with blush tones, accented with detailing of natural elements.  We were so honored to have this wedding featured on 100 Layer Cake, see more of the details below as we had an absolute DREAM team to work with!

Drawing inspiration from natural elements of various stones, we created their stationery suite inspired by rock textures and brought in marble and agate to compliment this theme.

I loved everything about the ceremony space.  We wanted to make sure that there was a good balance of blues and blushes so we created their altar with draped blue fabric accented with the most gorgeous blooms by Huckleberry Karen.  We hung eucalyptus on the ends of the aisle chairs, accented with pink roses and had the most lush aisle of pink petals to add extra color.  The setting was so colorful and romantic and I just loved it!

During cocktail hour, guests were invited to find their names on personalized, hexagon marble slices, hand calligraphed by Custom Calligraphy.  This was also a keepsake for guests to take home.  We also asked guests to color in and image of a camel and write their names next to the section that they colored as a guestbook.  This was an homage to the cute camels that were on property.

Their reception took place on the estate's lawn that was centered around the pool with a gorgeous backdrop of the Santa Cruz Mountains.  We mixed and matched tables with complimentary colors and used farm tables for the head table.  Table numbers were hand calligraphed on agate slices and guests found their seats by finding their names on customized menus.

To my dearest S+B, we had the most awesome time didn't we?  I loved how you were both so trusting of us in what we do and in our design process.  You guys were not only so much fun but so full of are the ultimate definition of our dream couple!

Event Planning, Design and Stationery:  Charmed Events Group, Photography: Danielle Poff, Floral Design:  Huckleberry Karen Designs, Calligraphy: Custom Calligraphy, Rentals:  Williams Party Rentals, Cake: Jens Cakes, Linens:  La Tavola Linens


Colorful, Cornerstone Sonoma Wedding

Well, it just seems like our blog posts get longer and longer but we just can't help it, there's too much prettiness to share!  This was one of my favorite weddings of the year (I say that a lot don't I?!) but really, I truly loved this one because it was so bright and happy!  Just looking at all the fun colors, textures and patterns can make anyone smile from ear to ear.  I especially loved that the bride and groom let us have so much fun in creating this whimsical design.  This was featured on Style Me Pretty over the weekend and enjoy the visual story of it all right here!  Thank you to my good friend, Melanie Duerkopp, for these gorgeous photos!

When the bride and groom told us that she loved bright colors, we immediately thought to bring citrus into the design in color and with fruits!  We used the citrus color palette boldly throughout the wedding, with an abundance of fruits and flowers for both the design itself and for all of the stationery.  This stationery suite was such a fun one to design.

How gorgeous are these giant coral peonies that Poppy's Petalworks sourced for this wedding??  Absolute perfection!

How gorgeous are these giant coral peonies that Poppy's Petalworks sourced for this wedding??  Absolute perfection!

Cornerstone Sonoma has one of the most grandiose lawns.  Because it is so vast, we wanted to make the ceremony as colorful as possible and created a lush, ombre aisle of petals in citrus shades.  We built a ceremony drop in front of the waterlily pond and Poppy's Petalworks adorned the top of the drape with beautiful, colorful flowers.  One of my favorite things about the ceremony were the blooms on the ceremony chairs with the long ribbons, they really were so divine..and very Kate Spade!

Drawing inspiration from our citrus motif and from the beautiful surroundings of the Cornerstone Gardens, we had mason jars filled with strawberry lemonade and regular lemonade to welcome the guests.  We hand tied floral tags to the jars and invited guests to take a jar home with them.  The strawberry lemonade was the perfect refresher for the warm, summer day....and might I add, absolutely delicious!

The reception took place underneath the circus tent at Cornerstone, I will have to say that I will never forget this reception as it was just so much eye candy.  We did punchy colors for the linens and created personal placemats for all of the guests with their names and the menu printed on it.  We also accented each place setting with mini oranges.  As I said, eye candy galore.  Yes?

Thank you D+N for having us for your wedding day and most of all, for allowing us to "go there" with the design of your wedding.  During a season when all everyone wanted to see was blushes, you gave us an absolute thrill by using as much color and patterns as possible, which is our favorite thing to do.  xoxo.

Planning, Design and Stationery:  Charmed Events Group, Photography:  Melanie Duerkopp, Floral Design:  Poppy's Petalworks, Venue:  Cornerstone Sonoma, Rentals:  Standard Party Rentals, Linens:  La Tavola Linen

Happy Weekend!

Do you love colorful, bright, and happy weddings?  We do too.  This fun wedding is featured on Style Me Pretty today, we'll share the full feature on Tuesday.  In the meantime, see it live here.  Happy weekend!


It's a brand new week, which means that we are sharing another beautiful wedding with you!  This sweet wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty and I loved everything about this wedding, mostly because the bride and groom are really the sweetest people that you will meet.  Their wedding took place at Clos La Chance Winery in beautiful central California and I promise, you will fall in love with this wedding!  Special thanks to our gal pal Vero Suh for capturing everything so beautifully!

This was one of my favorite escort displays to date.  The bride had requested for us to do something special and original for people to find their seats so we gathered all of her inspiration photos and created this floating wall of olive sprigs with guest names in the hanging gold lanterns.  This was such a beautiful display and many guests used this backdrop to take photos.  Love when that happens!

The reception was a blush and gold beauty.  We accented the blush tables with gold flatware and a pink water goblet for whimsy.  Each guest setting had an olive sprig sprayed in gold to welcome them to their seat.  The backdrop of the Californian mountains was the perfect setting for the wedding.

I loved this asymmetrical drape that we created for the Sweetheart table.  It wasn't originally intended to be asymmetrical but there was a pole right behind the Sweetheart table so with a little creative thinking on the fly, we created this beauty and it's better than the original.

Thank you O+J for having us for your wedding, it was a gorgeous night and you both were so lovely and so sweet to work with!  Wishing you the best and hopefully, a new pup very soon =)

Planning and Design:  Charmed Events Group, Photographer:  Vero Suh, Floral Design:  Love Life Blooms, Vintage Rentals:  7th Heaven Rentals, Event Rentals:  Standard Party Rentals, Pipe, Drape and Linens:  Chair Divas, Cake:  Jens Cakes, Venue:  Clos La Chance Winery


This wedding that I'm about to share with you is one of my all time favorites because it epitomizes the definition of timeless, classic and elegant.  This bride and groom are all the way from Texas but San Francisco is where the bride grew up and they couldn't have made a better choice in a venue!  They chose a beautiful color palette of the faintest dusty blue paired with ivories and cremes and let me tell you, there was no detail that was left behind for their big day!  We had the pleasure of working on this wedding with our pal Caroline Tran and she couldn't have captured their day more beautifully.  This wedding was featured on the front page of Style Me Pretty and we're sharing more of the pretty below.  


Just FYI, this bride has some serious style...Tom Ford Shoes and a Vera Wang Dress?  I'd say that's impeccable style.


Can we please discuss how much perfection and beauty was encapsulated in the stationery set that Written Word Calligraphy created for this wedding?  Just Beyond!

One of the elements that made this wedding so elegant was the vintage Rolls Royce that they brought in for transportation which made for the most timeless photos.  I always love details like this to complete the day!

The ceremony was such an elegant one in the rotunda of City Hall.  We had draped openings to welcome guests in and so many beautiful mirrors with custom wording and quotes by Written Word Calligraphy.  Every thing was perfect down to the detailing of the ceremony programs.

The reception was a true beauty, we transformed the rotunda space during cocktail hour and created the most romantic space of dusty blue tables paired with gold accents in their chairs, flatware and glassware.  Each guest had their names hand written on a placecard by Written Word Calligraphy and were treated to an olive sprig that was meticulously placed at their setting.  Amy Burke Designs absolutely killed it with the floral design for this one!

This bride and groom took their chairs seriously.  Written Word Calligraphy hand calligraphed these words on fabric that we hung for their chairs, that were then perfectly adorned with garlands and blooms by Amy Burke.


Thank you D+W for having us along for this amazing journey of planning and designing your wedding with you.  You were a couple that went above and beyond to make sure that all the details of the day were a perfect reflection of who you are.  Most of all, I'm so glad that through the planning process we became such great friends, love you both forever and ever!

Planning and Design:  Charmed Events Group, Photography:  Caroline Tran, Venue:  San Francisco City Hall, Flowers:  Amy Burke Designs, Calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy, Linens:  La Tavola, Rentals:  Standard Party Rentals, Lighting and Drape:  Got Light, Tabletop Rentals:  Frances Lane, Cake: Studio Cake

Intimate Wedding at the Landmark Arts and Garden Center in Tiburon

We love intimate weddings because they are the best gathering of your closest and truest family and friends to celebrate one of the biggest moments of your lives.  K+M reside in Arizona but chose to host their wedding in Northern California for their closest and dearest.  Their wish list was to find some place by the ocean but some place that also has beautiful gardens.  We found them the perfect venue in the historic Landmark Arts and Garden Center in Tiburon and it was such a beautifully, intimate affair.

Many of you may not know this but we love flowers and floral design!  We don't often do this for larger weddings but for intimate weddings, we're all about doing the floral design and jump at the opportunity.  I loved the design that we did for K+M in keeping to their wishes of having it be "greens" inspired and natural.  Enjoy this beautiful wedding that was captured by Trynh Photography.

The bride loves anemones so naturally we had to make sure that her bouquet and centerpieces had accents of these lovely flowers.

The bride loves anemones so naturally we had to make sure that her bouquet and centerpieces had accents of these lovely flowers.

For their ceremony, they wanted to keep it as natural as possible so we used the large tree on property to anchor the ceremony space.  We then draped the chairs with garlands of eucalyptus and hand painted their welcome sign and accented it with foliage as well.

The reception space was set within the garden with an ocean backdrop that is visible from higher levels of the property.  We did one long dining table for all the guests to dine at and accented each guest place setting with hand tied bundles of greenery.  The setting was pretty magical.

For their cake, we chose to go with a really simple cake in design that we decked out with foliage.  The result was so romantic!

Congratulations to K+M, I absolutely loved working with you both on your intimate, destination wedding!

Lovely Vendors of the Day:  Event Planning, Design and Florals:  Charmed Events Group, Photography:  Trynh Photography, Venue:  Landmark Arts and Garden Center, Catering:  Delicious Catering, Cake: Karas Cupcakes

Castlewood Country Club Wedding

This was one of my favorite weddings of all times because the bride attended four weddings that we did prior to getting engaged and told me that she always knew that she wanted us to be her planner when it was her turn.  There is nothing more special than a bride who truly loves and values the work that we do and so in turn, we had to turn it up for her wedding!  This wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty and we are gladly sharing this "Starry Nights" inspired wedding with all of you right here.

We chose a beautiful color palette of lavenders, dusty blues, dusty purples and gray, accented by shades of pinks and golds as the foundation of the wedding.  This made for a particularly beautiful palette for the bouquets that Poppys Petalworks created for the wedding.

The couple got married underneath the most beautiful oak tree.  To make the bride feel extra special, and to also add a pop of color to the ceremony, we created a purple entrance for her walk down the aisle.  My favorite part of their ceremony was the love lock ceremony that they performed in front of their guests, which was a pair of intertwined locks they locked together during the ceremony.  When they went on their honeymoon to Greece, they buried the keys in the sands of romantic is that?

For their cocktail hour, we created one of the most beautiful backdrops using soft chiffon in their color palette.  We clipped each guest name to the fabric with flowers and ferns to help guests find their seats.  This is one of my favorite escort displays that we created to date!

For their reception, we transformed the space into a magical, starry nights atmosphere.  There was not one detail forgotten as we used three different types of linens and filled the tables to the nines with french white china and gold rimmed chargers, glassware and flatware.  Paired with the menus and place cards, the reception space was a beautiful splash of colors, all in dusty hues of purples, blues and grays...and it was glorious.

 I loved the Sweetheart table that we created for them.  They really wanted their table to shine so we brought in market lights for the backdrop and created an acrylic sign with their favorite lyrics from Ed Sheeran.  #puremagic

As if all the details above weren't enough, the couple chose to kick off the dance floor with a confetti cannon!

N+D, you have no idea how much I adore you, you are my "allstar bride" and it was my greatest honor and privilege to plan and design your wedding.  I hold your wedding so close to my heart!

Planning, Design, Stationery:  Charmed Events Group, Photography: Candice Benjamin, Floral Design:  Poppy's Petalworks, Rentals:  Pleasanton Event Rentals, Linens:  La Tavola, Lighting and Drape:  JL Imagination

M+H Sneak Peek!

We had an amazing wedding over the weekend celebrating M+H!  Here are some sneak peeks from the amazing Augie Chang of their quintessentially, San Francisco Day.  More to come but for now, enjoy!


J+D'S wedding is a wedding that we will remember forever for two reasons:  1) insane flower wall and 2)epic balloon drop!  They had a color palette of blushes, pinks and golds and we set out to outift the Design Galleria in San Francisco in the most romantic way.  This wedding was featured on Mod Wedding and we're so thrilled to share some more details of the wedding right here!  Thank you Jasmine Lee for always doing an amazing job capturing the day!

For the ceremony, we created a dreamy atmosphere and custom designed a flower wall that Nicole Ha executed perfectly.  This flower wall would later serve as the backdrop of the SH table and was the anchor to the day's design!

The reception was nothing short of airy romance with draping around key corners of the room, paired with fluffy white and blush tables.

We worked with Pretty Please SF to create this custom was one of the best cakes of the year!  There's nothing like custom design and this cake below is proof of why.

This balloon drop that we brought in was pure epic-ness!  It was a surprise factor towards the end of the night and everyone absolutely loved it, including us!

Thanks J+D, I love looooved your wedding and it's one that so many people will remember always!

West Shore Cafe Wedding FEATURED in Tahoe Unveiled

We've been a little bit behind in blogging the lovely weddings that we've had for our beautiful couples, but we're going to get back on it!  We'll kickstart our blog features with this beautiful wedding that was featured on Tahoe Unveiled, one of our favorite blogs specializing in Tahoe weddings!  This wedding is also so fitting to be shared right now as the 2016 Olympics are currently happening in RIO and our groom was previously qualified to represent the US in skiing!  This was a beautiful wedding featuring the artistry of Nancy Liu Chin Designs, shot by Clane Gessel.

The bride and groom absolutely adore Lake Tahoe, they spend a lot of time there as they spent a season retrofitting a condo that they had purchased there.  They love being outdoors and as Lake Tahoe holds a special place in their hearts, they chose to have their wedding lakeside at Westshore Cafe.  They love being by the water and wanted to incorporate lake hues and blues into their wedding and the result was an unforgettable one!


The ceremony backdrop that Nancy Liu Chin created was just b-e-y-o-n-d!  Collectively, we draped the arbor on site and created an asymmetrical ceremony design that was so beautifully lush!  This is one of my favorite ceremony designs to date!

Inspired by lake hues, we created an escort wall that emulated the movement and colors of the lake.  The mountain scape that you see was hand drawn by the groom and was such a personal way to customize their day.  One of the most fun components of cocktail hour was the boat that they rented to take guests out for a spin on the lake!  We created a pendant flag system that encouraged guests to take a number for their turn on the boat.  It was a hit!

I Looooooooved this lounge that we created on the end of the dock with a custom cloth banner, personalization is key to any good wedding!

This bride and groom are a power couple.  The groom is an ex-skier for the US Olympic team and our bride is a custom jewelry designer!  She created custom rings and jewelry for her big day and it really doesn't get more personal than that.  You can check out her amazing work here.

The reception was a beautiful, modern mix of lake blues and fresh crisp whites!  Long tables filled both sides of the pier and we set a very special,  head table out on the dock.  Each guest received a customized seaglass with their names written on beautifully by A Fabulous Fete and we custom made acrylic table numbers with the groom's drawing to complete the look.

The lake at sundown was such a sight to see, with all the twinkling lights from the boats and the entire lake lit up by the setting was absolutely magical and breathtaking!

Congratulations to V+Z, your wedding was so full of love and filled to the brim with personal touches, just as you wanted.  It was certainly an affair to remember for all your guests that traveled to celebrate this special day with you!

Fabulous Vendors of the Day:

Planning, Design and Stationery:  Charmed Events Group, Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin Designs, Photographer:  Clane Gessel, Event Rentals:  Classic Party, Linen Rentals:  La Tavola, Calligraphy:  A Fabulous Fete

Featured in My Wedding Magazine!

We had the distinct privilege of being asked by My Wedding Magazine, the print version of, to create a romantic shoot for their summer issue.  We were inspired by old world romance and created a unique color palette of blushes and matte greys and blacks to create the mood.  We couldn't be more happy with this cover story feature and hope that you are able to pick up a copy at a store near you!


Below is a compilation of our favorite images from the shoot.  It's full of moody romance that is timeless, elegant and great inspiration for your wedding!  Enjoy!

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Amazing Vendors that we had the privilege of working with on this shoot:  

Planner: charmedevents

Photographer: meganhollyclouse

Floral design: preciousbloom

Wall sign: theblacklinebylauren

Bridesmaid Dresses: joannaaugust

Tabletop Rentals: frances_lane

Furniture Rentals: brighteventrentals

Rentals: blueprintstudiosevents

Dessert: prettypleasesf

Venue: barlowevents

Hair and Makeup: aimeeartistry

Stationery + Calligrapher: littlemisspress

Bridal Gown: jennyyoonyc

Groomswear: menguintux

Linens: latavolalinen

2016 Pantone Colored Wedding...featured on 100 Layer Cake!

Wow, I can't believe how fast time flies!  It's already Q2 and as we are gearing up for our upcoming wedding season, we'll be sharing with you so many of the features that have happened since we last blogged (which was at the end of the year..yikes!).  I always say that we are so lucky to have the most amazing couples and the features that will be sharing will be proving my sayings so =)

We had so many weddings last year that were favorites and this one that was featured on 100 Layer Cake is extra special because we used the Pantone Colors of 2016, rose quartz and serenity blue, before it even became fashionable!  Trend forecasting is something that is really important to us and it's thrilling to see that this wedding went viral over social media because of the beautiful colors!  See the feature here and see our post below for commentary of how this beautiful wedding came to be!

H+K chose their wedding to be held in Santa Barbara.  It was an intimate destination wedding for 45 of their closest and family friends and it couldn't have been celebrated more beautifully!  They got married at the iconic and historic Santa Barbara Courthouse and one dress change later, held their reception at the dreamiest venue ever...San Ysidro Ranch!

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I absolutely loved the stationery suite that we created for them, full of marble blues, blushes and gold foil!  

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Our bride rocked a short dress for her ceremony with the most amazing, electric blue heels and after the ceremony, guests were treated to gelato on the lawn.

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This is one of the dreamiest receptions that we've designed, and the natural beauty of the setting didn't hurt!  We dreamed up a romantic tablescape of blush hues with lots and lots of lush blooms.  Huckleberry Karen Designs did a tremendous job in bringing our romantic vision come to life...I mean...look at all the blooms and that foliage that hangs so beautifully over the fire mantle!

All of the place settings were accented with gold rimmed glassware and china and we brought A Fabulous Fete on board to complete each place setting with beautiful, hand calligraphed place cards on marble blue cards.

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A Fabulous Fete also lent her artistry to create an escort display of a list of names on blue marbled paper.  It was a dream!

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I loved the beautiful and simple cake that Sweet and Saucy created for this wedding, as well as all the delicious treats for the dessert bar. Yum x 100!

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This setting and those twinkle lights!  Swoon!  Guests enjoyed an evening being serenaded under the moonlight.

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Congratulations to H+K for truly having one crazy, beautiful and romantic wedding in the most beautiful of destinations.  We love traveling for our couples and this one captured our hearts!

Vendors of the Day:

Full Event Planning, Design and Stationery:  Charmed Events Group

Photography:  Melanie Duerkopp

Floral Design:  Huckleberry Karen Designs

Venue:  San Ysidro Ranch and the Santa Barbara Courthouse

Cake and Desserts:  Sweet and Saucy Shop

Rentals:  Classic Party Rentals, Santa Barbara

Linens:   La Tavola

Nordic Holiday Inspiration Shoot..Featured on Style Me Pretty Living!

It's almost Christmas and we are so excited that Style Me Pretty Living is sharing this Nordic inspired, holiday table and shoot with all of you today!  This shoot was inspired by my recent travels to Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway and Sweden); I often find inspirations from my travels around the world so this shoot was a labor of love and my personal way of saying "cheers" to Scandinavia for showing me the magic of their region!  See the full feature here and see some more photos from my shoot with Gladys Jem below.

If I had to summarize Scandinavian design in the simplest terms, they love utilizing natural elements such as wood and they like to incorporate playful elements into their designs such as childhood motifs of toys and the memories evoked of childhood.  They also like to use textures like furs and for the most part, a lot of Scandinavian design is very monochromatic, mostly in hues of whites, blacks and greys.  I decided to combine all of my favorite elements into this shoot and created a Modern, Scandinavian, California Holiday table by using elements of wood paired with furs, white and greenery.

We draped each of the dining chairs with a fur piece to create the feeling of warmth and coziness and used white to contrast against the wooden table and wall.  I love the wooden chargers that we brought in, paired with clear glass plates, topped with engraved wooden menus.  We used etched glassware and included a copper, moscow mule mug to celebrate the season and for whimsy, added a small white deer figurine per place setting.  For the floral design, we used lots and lots of eucalyptus paired with peonies (peonies in December?  Score!) and garden roses, accented with tall tapered candles in white.  We also added wooden trees as tabletop decor for whimsy and added a larger deer figurine to complete the table.

For extra whimsy (if you haven't noticed, we love using whimsical elements in our designs), we hung simple eucalyptus wreaths with checkered red ribbons, of varying sizes at varying heights, to complete the look and aesthetic of our holiday table. 

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It isn't a party unless there is a beverage station!  We created another custom, wooden engraved sign with the note "let's get festive" and created a holiday drink station of eggnog and hot chocolate.  I think that snow globes sometimes have a negative and cheesy connotation to them, but when I found this one of a golden moose, I knew that I had to have it and incorporated it into the beverage station.  Snow globes are nostalgic in a good way, it reminds me of the magic of Christmas that I experienced as a child and there's something about that memory that I want to re-live.

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This shoot was one that was conceptualized on a whim over lunch with my pal Gladys Jem, I'm so grateful for her heart and her friendship and for the magic that we created for this shoot.

Wishing you and yours a magical Holiday season filled with love, warmth and the happiest of memories to come!

Solage Calistoga Wedding featured on Style Me Pretty!

We are absolutely thrilled that this beautiful wedding is featured on Style Me Pretty California today!  See the beautiful feature here and see more photos of the day below along with our commentary on the pretty!

J+C are a couple that have such a deep and intimate love for one another.  For their day, they wanted one that was full of romance, yet modern, that captured the essence of their venue in the best way.  We used a color palette of peaches and greys and set out to create a design that was accented by lace and lots and lots of candlelight!

Can I just say that her dress was to die for!!

Can I just say that her dress was to die for!!

Parker, the couple's dog, was their ringbearer

Parker, the couple's dog, was their ringbearer

For their invitation suite, we created one of the most beautiful suites ever that was a floral lover's dream.  We brought out the essence of the design with whimsical calligraphy and gorgeous floral liners.  This must have been one of the most liked suites via instagram that we've created to date.

Poppy's Petalworks did a beautiful job with the floral design.  We told them to keep the florals whimsical, flowy and romantic.  I love the bouquets that she created for the maids and the bride, the long lace ribbons really brought out the dreaminess that we were going for.

This ceremony design that we created for the couple is one of my favorites of all time.  We had an idea of creating something different by bringing in lounge furniture for the wedding party to sit on vs. having them stand in the front in traditional ceremonies.  I am so glad that the couple loved this idea to so that we can make this concept into a reality!

Our team hand stained panels of wood to create this wooden wall that we affixed the escort cards onto.  Again, Poppy's Petalworks did an amazing job framing this escort wall with gorgeous foliage, greenery and vines.

The reception space that we created was such a dream!  We had a vision to create an industrial, chic and dreamy setting and that's exactly what we did.  We did a combination of Kings Tables and Round Tables for the guest (we love combinations of different tables) and brought in a giant crystal chandelier to anchor the room.  Each place setting had beautiful french china, gold flatware and personalized menus that we created for each guests that were a contrast from the regular sized menus one would see at a wedding.  We accented each table with lots of tapered candles to create the dreamy setting that the bride and groom wanted.  I loved how everything turned out!


Congratulations J+C!  You have a love that is so beautiful and so deep, the stars would be jealous!

Charmed Vendors of the Day:

Planning, Design and Stationery:  Charmed Events Group

Photography:  Nadia Hung Photography

Floral Design:  Poppy's Petalworks

Venue:  Solage Calistoga

Event Rentals:  Standard Party Rentals, Bright Rentals, Miranda St. John

Linen Rentals:  La Tavola

Draping:  Especially Yours Chairs


Villa Montalvo Wedding featured on Style Me Pretty!

We are absolutely thrilled that this beautiful, Tuscan Inspired, wedding is featured today on Style Me Pretty!  Amber and Joel are the sweetest couple that share such love and adoration for one another.  They met in school, fell in love, got engaged in Tuscany amidst their closest family and friends and got married this past June with notions of re-creating a Tuscan vibe and feeling for their wedding.  See the full feature on Style Me Pretty here and see more photos below including the description of their day as commentated by us!

This is the Inspiration Board that we created of Amber and Joel's Tuscan inspired wedding.  All great event design comes from a solid inspiration board.  See the wedding unfold based on what we dreamed up for them below!

In creating the design of the wedding, it was really important to Amber and Joel that everything was full of foliage, specifically olive branches and that the entire day felt like a giant, warm, intimate dinner party.  We set out to create this ambience using a calm palette of dusty blues and greys, paired with cremes and natural foliage.

Jen Huang hand illustrated the gorgeous save the date and inspiration suite for their wedding and it was so beautifully elegant and classic.

Jen Huang hand illustrated the gorgeous save the date and inspiration suite for their wedding and it was so beautifully elegant and classic.

Amber wowed in her Amsale gown, complete with a custom hand dyed sash.

Amber wowed in her Amsale gown, complete with a custom hand dyed sash.

I love that all the bridesmaids were wearing different dresses.  We created a color palette for the girls to find the dress that they felt the most beautiful in and their choices did not disappoint!

I love that all the bridesmaids were wearing different dresses.  We created a color palette for the girls to find the dress that they felt the most beautiful in and their choices did not disappoint!

The ceremony was held at the Oval Garden at Villa Montalvo.  Our team hand painted the wooden welcome sign and designed the ceremony with a clean drape decked out in foliage garlands.  Natalie Bowen Designs did such a beautiful job in creating this dreamy look with bouquets of foliage, accented by Silk and Willow ribbons.


Cocktail hour was held in the beautiful Spanish Court.  We created an Italian, rustic lounge for guests to enjoy their cocktails out.  Natalie Bowen Designs created the most beautiful floral garlands for the stairwell as well as the bar.  Custom, signature drinks of "Tuscan Lavender" and "Blackberry Whiskey Smash" were served at the bar and oh so delicious!

We wanted to bring the "farm to table" concept to life by inviting guests to take home jars of cooking herbs that had their names tied to the jars, beautifully calligraphed by Feast Calligraphy.  We hand dyed the jars to add dusty blues and purples to tie the theme together.


To create the ultimate dinner party experience for guests that was inspired by Tuscany, we put together two long rows of farm tables to set the tone.  The tables were adorned with beautiful florals and foliage by Natalie Bowen Designs and guests were greeted by the beautiful pieces of Frances Lane for their dining pleasure.  We accented each place setting with custom, letterpressed menus that were also calligraphy by Feast Calligraphy and placed alternating accents of foliage at each place setting to further give the feeling of Tuscany.

We hand painted the table number signs on wooden slabs with the direct translation of each number in Italian to create a Tuscan experience.

We hand painted the table number signs on wooden slabs with the direct translation of each number in Italian to create a Tuscan experience.

Amore Mio translates to "My Love" in English.  This was perfect for the bride and groom chairs that our team also hand painted.

Amore Mio translates to "My Love" in English.  This was perfect for the bride and groom chairs that our team also hand painted.

This gorgeous cake!!

This gorgeous cake!!


This wedding was really just everything that my heart loves in heart, soul and spirit.  Thank you Amber and Joel for welcoming us into your lives and entrusting us to design and plan your wedding with you!  The journey has been nothing short of beautiful and your love is one that is worth being envious of!

Amazing Vendors of the Day:

Full Service Event Planning and Design:  Charmed Events Group

Photography:  Jen Huang Photography

Floral Design:  Natalie Bowen Designs

Videography:  Burkart Studios

Hand Dyed Ribbons:  Silk and Willow

Hair and Make Up:  Mimi and Taylor

Invitation and Stationery Suite:  Jen Huang Art

Day of Stationery:  Feast Calligraphy

Catering:  Le Papillon

Tabletop Rentals:  Frances Lane

Rentals:  Classic Party Rentals

Linens:  La Tavola Linens