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Palm Event Center {Venue Spotlight}

Palm Event Center, located in beautiful Pleasanton, California, is a hot spot wedding venue — and one of our faves! This gorgeous property is home to a show-stopping vineyard that is always decorated for the season and ready for its close-up.

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You will have a wide selection of spaces to choose from, including:

  • Estate Room: With a full wine cave, wrought iron chandeliers, and wine barrels, this space is perfect for indoor ceremonies and an intimate wedding atmosphere!
  • Ballroom: The ballroom hosts wine country feels with Italian tile floor and giant windows opening up to the vineyard. It also boasts a wooden bar that complements any modern decor! 
  • Vineyard Terrace: Overlooking 110 acres of vineyards, this space has multilevel patios for cocktails or lounging around the fire pit. There is also a ceremony site featuring a redwood arbor framed by wisteria, roses, and other flowers. Beautiful!
  • The Lounge: This is a fun space for an indoor bar, dessert suite, or late-night snacks furnished with couches, cozy chairs, and trendy decor.

Of course, no event space is complete without a bridal suite for all the getting-ready fun. This area has an elegant dressing suite with mirrors, a beauty bar, and a private bathroom! 

Palm Event Center also partners with Beets Hospitality to exclusively offer top-notch catering for your big day!

If you’re ready to tour your dream venue, get in touch with Casey Hahn, the Director of Weddings over at Palm Event Center!

Address: 1184 Vineyard Ave, Pleasanton, CA 94566

Phone Number: (925) 426-8666

Event Services Showcase: May 18!

Kicking off your wedding planning journey? We’re here to help! Join us for our next Event Services Showcase on May 18 to learn more about our team, our products, and how we can help you bring your wedding dreams to life.

event services showcase | livermore wedding entertainment

Test out our photo booth, ask our DJs about their fave songs, and get an up-close look at our chandeliers — we’d love to have you!

We have openings at 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, and 8:30 pm – take your pick! RSVP here!

Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery - Livermore wedding venue

Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery {Venue Spotlight}

Here in Livermore, we’re fortunate to have a wonderful selection of wedding venues! We thought we’d highlight a few of our must-see properties to help you decide. And to kick off our Venue Spotlight series, we’re shining the light on Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery!

Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery - Livermore wedding venue

Photo Credit: Ether & Smith

Casa Real offers a number of lovely spaces, including:

  • Amber Room: Featuring a 12-foot fireplace as a backdrop, it’s perfect for a wedding ceremony! Its amber walls (how it got its name!) and arched limestone molding come together for a pretty stunning effect.
  • Grand Salon: Porcelain tile, golden walls, and more limestone arches — swoon! The Grand Salon also boasts windows with a view of the garden and vineyards. With a built-in bar, this room can accommodate up to 400 guests.
  • Entrance Hall: Perfect for cocktail hour or even ceremonies! Towering ceilings and beautiful chandeliers make for a grand entrance that truly wows wedding guests.
  • Sun Garden: This lovely walled garden is a perfect setting for outdoor ceremonies and cocktail hours. The pretty fountains are a bonus!

Engaged couples also get access to a getting-ready suite, complete with a beauty bar, full-length mirror, and private bathroom!

Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery - wedding venue in Livermore

Photo Credit: Ether & Smith

In addition to a beautiful space, Casa Real also offers:

  • Fine dining cuisine
  • Beverage service with premium open bar
  • Event management team with optional day-of coordination
  • Uplighting in main rooms
  • Round tables
  • Custom wooden king tables
  • Ivory linens
  • Bone china, glassware, flatware
  • Taupe ceremony chairs
  • Chiavari reception chairs

Ready to see Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery for yourself? Get in touch with their event manager, Jenny Hitesman, to schedule a tour!

Address: 410 Vineyard Ave, Pleasanton, CA 94566
Phone: 925-931-0200

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Wedding Planning Roundup: 5 Helpful Resources (April)

Are you kicking off your wedding planning journey? Sounds like a blast! To help you along the way, we’ve compiled a list of great resources to make life a little easier (and your engagement more enjoyable!)

Because let’s be real — nobody wants to spend their engagement stressed out by unanswered questions and a never-ending to-do list.

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So without further ado, here are a handful of articles we’ve found particularly resourceful:

What Your Wedding Budget Should Look Like, According to Data (The Knot)

Budgeting certainly isn’t the most exciting part of wedding planning, but it is one of the most important steps! This article dives into realistic wedding budgets and how to get started on yours.

 

7 Trendy Wedding Flower Ideas That Will Stand Out in 2022 (WeddingWire)

Most folks know that we’re big fans of stunning floral arrangements. After all, they go splendidly with our lighting fixtures! Take a peek at what’s on the horizon this year in this article.

 

How Long Should Your Wedding Ceremony Be? (Martha Stewart Weddings)

10 minutes? An hour? If you’re wondering how your wedding ceremony should go, look no further. This MSW article will answer all of your lingering questions about saying “I do!”

 

7 Ways to Learn More About Wedding Vendors (WeddingWire)

Your wedding vendors are responsible for bringing your grand ideas to life — so it makes sense that you’ll want to know more about your options! WeddingWire shares a rundown of how to find the best vendors for your big day.

 

The 100 Best Mother-Son Dance Songs of All Time (The Knot)

Family dances are some of the most memorable moments of a wedding, so of course, you want to get it right. The Knot has rounded up the best mother-son dance songs – but many can work for all family dances!

Photo of the Week: Stunning Starburst Chandelier

All eyes on our crystal beaded starburst chandelier? Not quite! While it is certainly a looker, our lighting fixtures aren’t the stars of the show. Instead, they’re designed to draw guests’ attention toward what matters most: the newlyweds!

crystal beaded starburst chandelier

As you can see here, the chandelier is rigged above the dance floor and centered to the couple’s staged sweetheart table. How could you not swoon over this dazzling setup?

Get in contact to book a starburst chandelier for your next event!

5 Things to Add to Your Tri-Valley Wedding Welcome Bag

The wedding welcome bag is one of our favorite trends in the industry! Not only are they fun to prepare, but it’s also an excellent way to enhance the guest experience. What better way to give your loved ones a taste of your wedding locale?

We love seeing wedding welcome bags filled with regional favorites, from sweet treats and beverages to sample itineraries and custom favors.

Wondering what to put in your Tri-Valley wedding welcome bag? Keep scrolling!

Tri-Valley Wedding Welcome Bag | Wingen Bakery

Wingen Bakery

Who doesn’t love a tasty treat upon arrival at a new destination? Wingen Bakery is a local favorite, so you can take your pick! Cookies, pop tarts, chocolate croissants — they have plenty of options to satisfy your guests’ sweet tooth!

Tri-Valley Wedding Welcome Bag | Gerard'Z Honeybees

Gerard’Z Honeybees

There’s nothing sweeter than welcoming your guests with a mini jar of honey! Better yet, Gerard’Z Honeybees will even make custom labels for your jars. Add an engagement photo, your wedding date, or a pic of your four-legged friend — the choice is yours!

Your favorite Livermore wine

A Tri-Valley wedding welcome bag wouldn’t be complete without a bottle of wine! Livermore is home to many beautiful vineyards, so why not add your favorite from our wine trail? You may also consider including a list of your fave wineries in the area, so your guests can check them out! Oh, and don’t forget the wine bottle opener and even a few personalized glasses!

Your go-to bars and restaurants

Out-of-town guests will have time to explore, but they may not know where to go for the best food and drinks! Provide them with a list of your must-try places so they can take in all that Livermore has to offer. Bonus points if you include personal notes about each place, like the site of your first date or proposal!

A list of nearby hikes

We are fortunate to have some beautiful hiking trails in the area, so why not offer up a list to your nature-loving guests? Consider adding some personalized water bottles or sunglasses to freshen up their experience!

Looking for other ways to liven up the guest experience for your Livermore wedding?

Let’s chat! We have many event solutions to show your loved ones the time of their lives!

Laura Ahmed, LC Floral Design {Creative Partner Spotlight}

There are few things that transform an event space more than some gorgeous floral arrangements. (OK, lighting is up there too!) This week, we’re talking to Tri-Valley florist, Laura Ahmed of LC Floral Design, to learn more about her story.

Let’s see what Laura has to say about her experience as the owner of LC Floral Design!


Laura Ahmed, LC Floral Design | Livermore floral design

Tell us a bit about your professional background. What brought you to the event industry?

Ever since college, I have always had a love for events! I intially wanted to work in the hotel world planning events but life had different plans for me and I started my own floral business. It was the best decision I made!

What do you love about your job as the owner of LC Floral Design?

There are a lot of things I love about my job. One of my favorite things though is creating. It is so much fun to get my hands dirty to create something that is so beautiful that makes you step back and go WOW! I love to create floral moments that will keep people talking for a lifetime. I also love the relationships I build with my clients, some of them have become close friends and I am forever grateful for that.

If you could share one wedding planning tip with an engaged couple, what would you tell them?

Hire an event planner! They add so much value to the planning process and help take off some of the stress that may arise when planning. They also play a key role on the day of your wedding, making sure everything is in place and running smoothly!


If you’re looking for an expert florist for your Tri-Valley wedding, be sure to reach out to Laura — she’s sure to bring your vision to life!

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6 Ideas for Your Livermore Bach Party

Planning a wedding is fun — but it can also be a stressful experience for engaged couples! That’s why a great bach party is so important — not only is it an opportunity to kick it with friends, but it’s also an excellent chance to let go of the pressure and enjoy the journey to the aisle.

Whether you’re a Tri-Valley local or you’re dreaming of a destination trip to the nation’s oldest wine country, Livermore has more than enough to keep you and your crew entertained (and buzzed, if that’s your style) for a bach party to remember.

livermore brewery bach party

Brewery Tours

Livermore isn’t just for wine lovers anymore — multiple breweries have been popping up all over the area and we’re here for it! Whether you’re a lager lover or IPAs are more your style, there are options for everyone. We’ve got Shadow Puppet, Rivers End, Fieldwork, and more! Looking for a private tour? Ambassador Limousines has you covered.

livermore winery bach party

Winery Tours

It wouldn’t be a trip to the Tri-Valley area without a visit to one (or several) of our fabulous wineries. It is wine country, after all! From Ruby Hill to Concannon, you can get some of the best wine around with some of the best views around. Find an extensive list of local Livermore wineries here or book a private tour and let the experts take you around!

Paint & Sip

Wanna let your creative side shine while sipping on your varietal of choice? Check out Pinot’s Palette! Grab your pals for a paint & sip session and let loose! You may even consider getting a private party room, which allows for catering, custom paintings, and other ways to make the celebration your own.

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Spa Day 

Need to let off some wedding planning stress? Look no further than The Purple Orchid Wine Country Resort & Spa! You can book a private spa party with up to five hours of outdoor pool + hot tub time. In addition to complimentary fruit-infused water, coffee, tea, and soft drinks, parties can upgrade to include additional spa snacks, wine, and champagne. Plus, onsite accommodations mean you never have to leave the property!

Golf

If you want to hit the links, there are plenty of golf courses to choose from in the Livermore area. A few favorites include Las Positas Golf Course, Poppy Ridge, and The Course at Wente Vineyards. Or, if you’re a beginner or just want to keep it light, head over to the Tri-Valley Golf Center to practice your stroke on the driving range!

Da Boccery Livermore

Outdoor Games

Looking for some good old-fashioned fun in the sun? Da Boccery should be at the top of your list! With bocce ball, axe throwing, foot pool, shuffleboard, cornhole, and a fully-stocked bar, it’s easy to spend all afternoon enjoying some friendly competition with your friends. And with an extensive food menu, you may even stick around for dinner!

So whether you’re looking for a chill, low-key experience or an action-packed weekend with your friends, Livermore has everything you need to make it a memorable celebration!

Photo of the Week: Ceremony in the Round

Have you ever considered a ceremony in the round? Perhaps you’ve never seen it before! This dynamic layout is a great way to ensure all of your guests get a great view. It’s also a sweet way to literally surround yourself with loved ones as you step into your happily ever after.

Livermore ceremony in the round | Casa Real

Photo Credit: Joy Coakley Studio

Our round beaded chandelier just happens to be the perfect centerpiece for this style of ceremony — as you can see! Add in a circular stage and two floral-lined aisles, and you’ve got yourself quite a stunning design. We love the contrast between the black chairs and white blooms!

3 Beautiful Locations for Livermore Engagement Photos

Planning your wedding is such a turning point in both of your lives – it only makes sense to commemorate the occasion with a fun engagement shoot! To help your search, we’re rounding up a few of our favorite locations for Livermore engagement photos.

To get started, you need to look for the perfect spot for your shoot. This step can be tricky since the location will have a big impact on how your images turn out! Plus, the moment you choose a spot, it won’t be a regular place anymore. It becomes a memorable, intimate spot that will hold a special place in your hearts forever—which puts a fair amount of pressure on choosing a good location.

If you’re looking for a beautiful location for your Livermore engagement photos, you don’t have to go far! This city has dozens of hidden gems that can give you the dreamlike photos you want. Today, we’re spotlighting three of our favorites!

Del Valle Regional Park | Livermore engagement photos

Photo Credit: The Ganeys

Del Valle Regional Park

If you want sweeping views and trails lined with giant oak trees, Del Valle Regional Park is the best place to have your shoot! For a romantic shot with your partner, stand on top of the hills or showcase the glittering lake in the background. You can also schedule your visit just before the sunset to catch the golden hour, and enjoy a breathtaking view of the scenery bathed in warm, rich yellows.

7000 Del Valle Road, Livermore, CA 94550

Arroyo Mocho Trail | Livermore engagement shoot

Photo Credit: Love by J. Tori Photography

Arroyo Mocho Trail

Mountain backdrops, streams, or trails—why choose one when you can have everything? The Arroyo Mocho Trail is a picturesque site perfect for more adventurous couples who want fun, woodsy shots—and aren’t afraid to get their feet wet! But don’t let the deep jungle look and epic views fool you. The trail is actually a leisurely walk, making all the scenic locations easily accessible.

Bernal Ave. & Stanley Blvd., Pleasanton, California 94566

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve

The quiet, scenic, and attractive mix of grasslands and dense woodland of the Morgan Territory Regional Preserve are just a few reasons why this place is a perfect spot for engaged couples like you. Take advantage of its stunning, rolling green hills for an elegant and majestic shoot with your other half.

9401 Morgan Territory Road, Livermore, CA 94551

Pro Tip: Don’t forget to plan your outfits accordingly, and make sure to factor in the time of day and availability when you make your decision. With these amazing views of nature and stunning landscapes, your photos will definitely turn out as amazing as you’d dreamed—or even better!

Take some time to mull it over because you’ll hold on to these images for the rest of your life. Talk with your partner or even take a quick tour of each of these locations to see what you both think will best suit your vision and your love story!

May you and your partner have the best engagement photos. Happy location scouting!

Sheela Meskin, Sarah's Garden | Bay Area florist

Sheela Meskin, Sarah’s Garden {Creative Partner Spotlight}

Who doesn’t love a beautiful floral arrangement? While we love looking at them, don’t ask us to design one…because floral design takes a special skill set! It just so happens that today’s guest on our blog is a floral extraordinaire — allow us to introduce you to Bay Area florist, Sheela Meskin of Sarah’s Garden!

We’ll let Sheela take it from here to tell the story behind Sarah’s Garden and what she loves about being a Bay Area florist!


Sheela Meskin, Sarah's Garden | Bay Area florist

Tell us a bit about your professional background. What brought you to the event industry?

I come from a very different industry with a Master’s in Gerontology (the study of elderly people). In my previous life, I was an administrator for a large nursing home in San Francisco. While I was working there, I completed my thesis on the Eden Alternative, which practices bringing in plants, flowers, and sunlight into senior living facilities. It was here where my love for flowers began. Sarah’s Garden was created 8 years ago and we still take pride in giving back to our senior community with recycled wedding florals.

What do you love about your job as the owner of Sarah’s Garden?

One of my favorite things about this job is getting up super early (3:00 am) and drive to the flower mart in San Francisco. The early morning hours are so peaceful and the flower mart is such a beautiful space bustling with the most spectacular florals. It is here where I see our couples floral vision finally come to life and I love finding new and unusual flowers to compliment what we have already ordered for their special day.

If you could share one wedding planning tip with an engaged couple, what would you tell them?

Our most important tip for engaged couples is to start the planning process early. We typically book out one year in advance and with all the postponements and current scheduled weddings, things are moving at a fast pace.


It’s always a pleasure collaborating with Casey and her team at Beets! When you work with her, you can rest assured that you’ll always be in good hands.

Casa Real Wedding | Tiffany + Jesse

Today, we’re bringing a truly stunning Casa Real wedding with you as we celebrate Tiffany and Jesse’s nuptials! It’s always a pleasure working at Casa Real, especially when we get to work with a couple as fun-loving and open-minded as these two.

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Their sweet wedding ceremony brought elegance to the forefront with soft uplighting, gold accents, and beautiful blooms.

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And as we move to the reception space, you’ll notice some familiar floral arrangements dressing up the sweetheart table! (Although you may miss it, seeing that our crystal beaded chandelier really stole the show.)

The starburst chandelier really highlighted the dance floor, putting Tiffany and Jesse center-stage for their first dance. And of course, their guests loved breaking it down “under the stars” as the night went on!

A simple, classy crystal chandelier strung above the sweetheart table added an elegant touch to the space, giving them the perfect photo op alongside blush blooms and greenery.

casa real wedding reception

However, it wasn’t all fab design! Tiffany and Jesse’s guests were treated to a fully immersive experience with yard games like Connect 4 and Jenga, as well as a DIY horchata bar (YUM!).

So won’t you join us in celebrating these sweet lovebirds? Cheers to you, Tiffany and Jesse!

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More than anything, we’d like to express our gratitude to the wonderful creative partners who made this Casa Real wedding a day to remember!

Photos: Ether & Smith | @etherandsmith
Design: SmittenKiss Planning & Design | @smittenkissllc
Florist: JC Weddings & Events | @jcweddings_events
Lighting & Installation: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fseevents
Venue & Catering: Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery| @casarealevents
Stationery: LettersbyDina | @lettersbyd
Hair + Makeup: Beauty by Chau Nguyen | @beautybychaunguyen
DJ/Emcee: Paul Stylez | @paul_stylez
Display: BooVara Designs | @boovaradesigns
Cake: La Vie Douce Design | @laviedoucedesign
Rentals: Hensley Event Resources | @hensleyeventresources
Dress: Martina Liana Bridal Designs | @martinalianabridal
Photo Booth: Say Ya! Photo Booth | @sayyaphotobooth

Nurturing Relationships with Creative Partners on Special Events {New Press}

It’s booking season — and, for wedding professionals, it’s the perfect time to work on those networks! Kevin’s latest article on Special Events is alllllll about this topic, as he encourages industry pros to use booking season as an opportunity to nurture their relationships with creative partners.

nurturing relationships with creative partners | Special Events press

Here’s a sneak peek at what you’ll find:

“Between all of the sales calls, marketing campaigns, and planning meetings, this quarter is also a vital time to revisit your network. Cultivating industry relationships will open you up to more referrals, collaborations, and other opportunities that can move the needle for your business.”

Read the full feature about relationships with creative partners here!

7 Livermore Wedding Venues We Love

We are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful region with such wonderful wedding venues in the area. Fantasy Sound has been around for over 30 years, so we’ve been blessed to work with many of the Livermore wedding venues! Since we’re old veterans in the market, we thought we’d highlight a few of our favorite venues in Pleasanton and the greater Tri-Valley area.

livermore wedding venues | Casa Real

Casa Real | Photo Credit: Ether & Smith

Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery

Address: 410 Vineyard Avenue, Pleasanton, California 94566

Phone: (925) 931-0200

We can’t say enough about how wonderful Casa Real weddings are! This venue lends itself to a glam aesthetic but is quite versatile with its design. The Amber Room features a stunning, larger-than-life fireplace that is the perfect backdrop for saying “I do.”

 

livermore wedding venues | Palm Event Center

Palm Event Center | Photo Credit: Two Twenty Photos

Palm Event Center In the Vineyard

Address: 1184 Vineyard Avenue, Pleasanton, California 94566

Phone: (925) 426-8666

Featuring beautiful wine barrels and a lovely rustic vibe, Palm Event Center is a must-see venue with its grand ballroom! With the right lighting, décor, and flowers, you can transform this space into whatever you’re envisioning…it is truly a versatile setting!

 

livermore wedding venues | The Club at Ruby Hill

The Club at Ruby Hill | Photo Credit: Alison Yin Photography

Ruby Hill Golf Club

Address: 3400 W. Ruby Hill Drive, Pleasanton, CA 94566

Phone: (925) 417- 5840

Wishing you could jet off to Italy to tie the knot? No worries — we’ve got you covered right here in Pleasanton. The Ruby Hill Golf Club offers a glam setting for your Livermore wedding, with a unique touch of Italian vineyard in their outdoor space. Talk about the best of both worlds!

 

tri-valley wedding location | Crooked Vine & Stony Ridge Winery

Crooked Vine & Stony Ridge Winery

Crooked Vine & Stony Ridge Winery

Address: 4948 Tesla Road, Livermore, CA 94550

Phone: (925) 449-0458

If you’re looking for a rustic space for an outdoor celebration, look no further! With lush trees and a covered terrace perfect for a ceremony, Crooked Vine & Stony Ridge already has everything you need for a stunning wedding.

 

livermore wedding venues | Fox Haven Ranch

Fox Haven Ranch | Photo Credit: Tylar Delegeane

Fox Haven Ranch

Address: 3458 Byer Road, Byron, CA 94514

Phone: (925) 580-9125

Hello, barn weddings! Fox Haven Ranch leans into their barn feel with horses on their property — but that’s not all. There’s also a miniature Western town, complete with a saloon, blacksmith, and other old-school fixtures. It’s such a fun place for photos — we highly recommend it!

 

pleasanton wedding location | Bridges Golf Club

Bridges Golf Club

Bridges Golf Club

Address: 9000 S. Gale Ridge Road, San Ramon, CA 94582

Phone: (925) 735-4253

Bridges Golf Club offers an inviting Mediterranean vibe as if you stepped right into an elegant villa for a classic, timeless wedding. Bonus: The foothills of Mt. Diablo form the backdrop of the outdoor spaces, which makes for picture-perfect wedding photos!

livermore wedding venues | Elliston Vineyards

Elliston Vineyards | Hazy Lane Studios

Elliston Vineyard

Address: 463 Kilkare Road, Sunol, CA 94586

Phone: (925) 862-2377 

Nestled in the hills of Sunol, Elliston Vineyard’s stone manor and gardens are worth the visit. Its glam interiors pair beautifully with its natural surroundings — in fact, when you’re surrounded by all those trees, you might even forget you are still in California!

We’ve made it easy on you by rounding up these great Livermore wedding venues — and we’ve got plenty more insight on the area! Looking for some advice as you plan your Tri-Valley wedding day? Let’s chat!

Casey Hahn, Beets Hospitality Group {Creative Partner Spotlight}

Today, we’re excited that we get the chance to shine our spotlight on Casey Hahn, the Director of Events for Beets Hospitality Group! She brings a lot of experience not just in events, but in the Tri-Valley area as a whole. So if you’re looking to plan a wedding in Livermore, she’s your gal!

Keep reading to learn more about Casey Hahn and her role with Beets Hospitality Group!


Beets Hospitality group | Casey Hahn | Livermore weddings

Tell us a bit about your professional background. What brought you to the event industry?

I’ve been doing events since high school (which was a LONG time ago!) and went to school for Hospitality at Chico State. I’ve worked and done events for City of Pleasanton, City of Dublin, Robert Half International, and Wente Vineyards prior to finding my home at Beets Hospitality Group. I love hosting and planning parties so events were a perfect fit for me!

What do you love about your job at Beets Hospitality Group?

Mentoring event coordinators who are new to the industry as well as making each of our Brides and Grooms most important day come true!

If you could share one wedding planning tip with an engaged couple, what would you tell them?

Remember that it is only 5 hours of your life 🙂 Don’t sweat the small stuff, and know that we will take care of the small stuff for you, and ENJOY your day!


It’s always a pleasure collaborating with Casey and her team at Beets! When you work with her, you can rest assured that you’ll always be in good hands.

5 Spring Wedding Trends to Know & Love in 2022

Spring is a time of rebirth, as flowers bloom and nature comes back to life. It’s also one of our favorite seasons because there’s just something so special about a pretty spring wedding! Between colorful themes, beautiful weather, and bountiful florals, it’s truly a season to celebrate.

Thanks to two years of postponed nuptials, we’re expecting more spring weddings than ever this year — and we can’t wait to see what’s in store!

Without further ado, here are five spring wedding trends we’re seeing in 2022!

Soft and airy textures

Crisp mornings and warm afternoons call for delicate fabrics, which makes spring the perfect season for all the chiffon, lace, and gossamer!

Starry nights

As days get longer, many couples opt for an outdoor celebration under the stars. And we don’t mean the ones in the sky — we’re talking about market lights! Pairing functional lighting with a chic aesthetic, they can transform anything from the dance floor to the bar area.

Floral explosions

Can’t get enough of gorgeous blooms? Spring is your season! (Not gonna lie – that’s why we love it, too!) Spring boasts the most in-season flowers throughout the year, so you can take your pick. Peonies, hydrangeas, roses, ranunculus – the possibilities are endless!

intimate spring wedding in Pleasanton

Intimate settings

Who said bigger has to be better? We saw intimate weddings become the norm during the peak of COVID, but we’re happy to see them stick around! Many couples realized how special it is to be surrounded by a small selection of their loved ones — and we LOVE the creative ideas that come with smaller celebrations! (Psst, your budget goes much further!)

Need more inspiration for your spring wedding in Livermore?

We’ve got you covered! Get in touch to tell us more about your vision – we can’t wait to help!

Event Services Showcase

Event Services Showcase: Get to Know Us on March 10!

Psst — we have another Event Services Showcase coming up on March 10 and we would LOVE to see you there. Immerse yourself in the full Fantasy Sound experience and fall in love with all we have to offer for your big day!

RSVP to our Event Services Showcase and get ready for:

  • Answers to all of your questions from our amazing team of event pros
  • A chance to try out our photo booth for yourself
  • Meet-and-greet opportunities with our crew of DJs
  • An up-close look at the lighting fixtures we’re known for

Event Services Showcase

We’ll be here ready and waiting to fill your head with creative ideas and helpful advice while we cheer you on throughout your journey. But first, we need to know a little bit about you and your event…and we need you to come out and get a feel for how our services can transform your celebration.

You can sign up for one of three slots on March 10:

  • 6:30 p.m.
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • 8:30 p.m.

Save my seat for the Mar. 10 Showcase!

NOTE: Our Showcase is a meet-and-greet, which means there will be other couples in attendance. This allows us to highlight our many products and services to the group at once.

With that said, we understand you might be ready to dive in headfirst — you’re excited, we get it! We are, too. If that’s the case, go ahead and schedule a 1:1 personal consultation with us so we can get this show on the road!

We are available for consultations from Tuesday-Friday between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. or on Saturdays between 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. We also have appointments available on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Get in touch with us to schedule your consultation.

weekday weddings | AP News

Weekday Weddings on AP {New Press}

If you have been considering a weekday wedding, you are not alone! Weekday weddings are becoming part of the norm as the industry navigates an unprecedented “wedding boom” in the wake of the pandemic — and it turns out couples and their guests are actually loving the midweek nuptials!

Not only do weekday weddings tend to be more cost-effective, but you will also have a better chance at booking top-notch vendors if you intend to tie the knot in 2022 or 2023. So if you have a dream wedding venue or vendor you want to book, picking a weekday can make it easier to secure them!

But be mindful: As bookings increase, time is still of the essence. In 2022, the wedding industry will produce the most weddings on record since 1984. Venues and vendors will be busier than ever, so it’s time to get to planning!

weekday weddings | AP News

Our very own Kevin chimed in on the subject for AP News in an article, So long, Saturdays: More couples embrace weekday weddings. And we can confirm it’s true: Weekday celebrations have definitely been on the rise in Livermore!

Ready to plan your own weekday wedding? We’d love to chat! Get in touch with us and let’s get to planning!

4 Activities for Your Livermore Wedding Weekend

Preparing for your Livermore wedding weekend? We can’t wait to have you! If you’re heading in from out-of-town, you might be wondering how to fill your itinerary beyond the wedding. We’ve got plenty of suggestions!

Whether you’re looking to spend your Livermore wedding weekend sipping your favorite wine varietals, hiking through nature, or soaking in downtown life, there’s plenty to keep you occupied!

Here are four activities to add to your Livermore wedding weekend itinerary!

Livermore wedding weekend

Schedule a winery tour.

If you only do one thing during your Livermore wedding weekend, let it be wine! Here in the Tri-Valley area, we are blessed with rich and fertile soil. That means our wine is simply unmatched. Whether you prefer white, red, or rose, our local wineries will take care of you!

And don’t worry — there are more than enough vineyards between Livermore and Pleasanton to keep you and your guests busy all weekend long. (And the Livermore Wine Trolley can help you see ’em all!)

A few suggestions: Wente Vineyards, Murietta’s Well, Ruby Hill Winery, Concannon Vineyard

Enjoy the great outdoors.

Livermore is fortunate to have beautiful scenery and agreeable weather, making it a perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts. If a hike is on your itinerary, you’ll definitely want to make a trip to Del Valle Regional Park. Bring a picnic, take one of the many trails, rent a boat, or schedule a lake tour with local experts. There’s so much to do!

A few other spots to become one with nature: Sycamore Grove Park, Brushy Peak Regional Preserve, Los Vaqueros Reservoir

Take in our local Livermore sites.

We might not have the Golden Gate Bridge, but we have plenty of fun and quirky things to see and do in the Livermore area! I mean, have you ever wanted to see the longest burning lightbulb in the world, known to have been on since it was installed in 1901? You’ll have to visit the Centennial Light Bulb at the Fire Station on East Avenue!

Architectural enthusiasts will love visiting our hidden gem of the Shiva-Vishnu Temple, tucked away in the suburbs of Livermore. And there’s always something to do in Downtown Livermore!

A few other suggestions: Ravenswood Historical, Lawrence Livermore National Lab Discovery Center

Plan a day trip to a nearby city.

Just 45 minutes from San Francisco and San Jose, you and your wedding guests can easily get away to soak in the city life.

Livermore’s central location allows you to grab a meal, take in the sights, and explore the nightlife of our neighboring cities, while still getting to bed at a reasonable time (because you’ll need your sleep for the big day!).

Get ready for an unforgettable Livermore wedding weekend!

Need help planning your wedding or simply looking for more advice on what to do? Get in touch with us — we’re here to help every step of the way!

5 Reasons to Get Married in Livermore

Newly engaged and looking for the perfect wedding destination to say “I do”? Look no further — we humbly invite you to get married in Livermore, California!

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We might be biased (OK, we are!), but we really believe that Livermore is one of the best wedding destinations in the world. Sure, Bali and Iceland might (might!) have us beat, but we’re pretty confident that you’ll fall in love with our special area in a matter of hours.

Why is that, you ask? Great question.

Our weather is fabulous, no matter the season.

Want to host a winter wedding but without the headache of snow-laden contingency plans? No worries. Dreaming of a summer celebration sans 90+ degree heat and fears of sweat marks? Not a problem. Livermore’s temperate climate is consistent year-round, with winter averages hovering around 45-50 degrees and summer temperatures rarely going above the high 80s. And with more sunny days on average than the nation at large, you’ll find beautiful weather to keep guests comfortable no matter your wedding season!

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Photo Credit: Danny Dong

Livermore wedding photos are stunning.

Set in the rolling hills of the Tri-Valley area, Livermore wedding venues are known for incredible views of the mountains in the Diablo Range — which just so happens to make a lovely backdrop for wedding pictures! Thanks to year-round agreeable weather, you can take advantage of the natural beauty without so much as a shiver or sweatdrop.

Wine is kind of our thing.

So we love wine out here — so much so that the southern side of Livermore is wine country! Drive through the area and you’ll see vineyards spanning as far as you can see. It’s not just for show, though. The wine produced by local winemakers, like Wente Vineyards and Ruby Hill Winery, attracts connoisseurs from around the world. There’s a reason we’re the oldest wine country in California. (Take that, Napa-Sonoma!) So you know our wine will make for a great selection at your Livermore wedding!

Livermore wedding - wine barrels at Palm Event Center

There’s a lot to do when you get married in Livermore.

With San Francisco and San Jose each under an hour away and Sacramento just 90 minutes up I-5, there is plenty to keep you and your Livermore wedding guests occupied throughout your stay. But once you visit our special city, you’ll recognize it for the hidden gem it is and likely want to stick around! (Trust us, there’s plenty of wine to drink and trails to hike while you’re here!)

Livermore wedding pros are the cream of the crop.

We have the best folks ready to help you plan the wedding of your dreams! Our local industry is a tight-knit community of professionals who love celebrating love. Just take a peek at some of our Creative Partner Spotlights where we shine a light on our Livermore wedding friends, like Hazy Lane Studios, Adam J. Clark Photography, and Beets Hospitality Group.

So have we convinced you to get married in Livermore? We hope you’ll come by and check out our bucolic little valley — you might never want to leave! (And while you’re here, schedule a consultation with us or join us for our next Event Services Showcase on March 10!)

Photo of the Week: Sweet Wedding Recessional

Today, we’re celebrating that “just married” excitement that is always present during a couple’s wedding recessional! They’ve worked so hard to get down that aisle, and now there’s nothing left to do but party! (And the marriage part, but first things first…)

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These lovebirds said “I do!” at Palm Event Center and you can just tell that their wedding recessional was a moment that felt unreal! As for their wedding reception… well, that was an unforgettable experience as well!

Oh, and psst… Don’t miss our ceiling swag dressing up the altar! We love how drapery can transform a space — and this is just one of the examples. Check out our drapery gallery to find more inspiration!

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Wedding Lighting: 6 Types to Consider for Your Big Day

Once you dive into wedding planning, it’s easy to get excited about all of the little details that go into your perfect day. Chair types, linen choices, centerpieces… There’s a lot to consider when it comes to the look and feel of your big day. But there’s one element that allows your whole design to shine: wedding lighting!

Now, we’re not talking about the stuffy overhead lighting that feels like it says, “Party’s over, everyone! Go home!”

No, we’re talking about decorative lighting choices that enhance your wedding’s atmosphere by creating a mood and showcasing your well-planned details in the very best light.

Here are 7 show-stopping types of wedding lighting to elevate your big day!

5-light orb chandelier | bay area wedding lighting

Photo Credit: Tyler Vu Photography 

Chandeliers

A classic choice when it comes to wedding lighting, chandeliers come in all shapes and sizes! From our 5-light orb chandeliers (pictured above) to our crystal beaded chandeliers, the opportunities are endless! Go glam, industrial, or traditional — there’s an option for you without a doubt!

Market Lights

Perfect for indoor and outdoor celebrations alike, market lights are also known as bistro lights or string lights. While typically sporting larger bulbs than “fairy lights” or “Christmas lights,” market lighting serves to enhance aesthetics while effectively lighting a space. Consider stringing them across your event space, winding them around trees or columns, or highlighting a special area (like a photo booth).

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Uplights

As the name suggests, uplights project light…upwards! This is a great way to add drama to a space. And the best part? Uplights come in all sorts of colors, so you can fill your venue with wedding lighting that matches your color palette! Positioned strategically, uplights can truly turn a room from drab to fab.

Candlelight

Who doesn’t love a cozy ambiance at a wedding? While candlelight is not intended to fill a space with light, it can certainly set the tone with its warm, calm flicker! In the photo above, uplights pair beautifully with floating candles on the table and our candle chandelier. Just be sure to check on fire regulations with your venue coordinator!

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Fresnel Lanterns / Gobo Washes

Fresnel lanterns are often known as “theatre lights” as they are commonly rigged up in theatres. However, they’re also equipped for washes, making them the perfect addition to your wedding lighting design! Color washes and patterned gobo washes add texture and visual appeal to a space, allowing you to personalize your wedding venue to match your vision.

Pendant Lighting

Pendant lights hang from the ceiling as single lights, just as our lanterns and Edison bulbs pictured above! These lights are versatile and simple, adding to any wedding design. So get creative and hang them throughout your space for extra impact!

So there you have it — six types of decorative wedding lighting to make your big day as picture-perfect as your love story! If you’re feeling inspired, get in touch and let us know what you’re thinking. We can’t wait to hear all about your wedding vision!

Kate Boyle, The Club at Ruby Hill {Creative Partner Spotlight}

We are thrilled to shine our spotlight Kate Boyle to the blog today! Kate is the Private Events Administrative Assistant at The Club at Ruby Hill, which means she’s the one keeping the trains moving for all of their onsite events.

Get to know Kate and how she supports couples at The Club at Ruby Hill!


The Club at Ruby Hill | Creative Partner Spotlight | Livermore wedding venue

Tell us a bit about your professional background. What brought you to the event industry?

I started my career at the front desk of a local hotel in San Ramon with the goal of gaining experience in the hospitality industry because that is my major in college. I really enjoyed the work, even though our only event space was a business meeting room.

I started in June with The Club at Ruby Hill working the front desk and quickly became interested in all of the detailed Event Orders. I would write down the timelines in my downtime so that I could be informed if a guest were to come ask me anything, as they often did!

After seeing how busy the wedding season has been, the leadership team welcomed me to the office to assist the Private Events Manager and the sales team with administrative tasks like processing invoices and deposits. I look forward to gaining more experience in the events business and would one day be interested in working to plan music festivals!

What do you love about your job at The Club at Ruby Hill?

I love the team atmosphere here at The Club and its inspiring to see the backstage process that goes into planning a wedding! My favorite part about The Club is the golf and social atmosphere that surrounds us which makes for a great work environment.

If you could share one wedding planning tip with an engaged couple, what would you tell them?

If I could share one wedding planning tip with an engaged couple it would be to enjoy the process! It can be easy to get overwhelmed with specific details but staying organized and starting early makes for a huge advantage. I’ve seen engaged couples create their own blog-type website dedicated to all of their details along with a specific email address that they correspond to all of their vendors that way they don’t get lost in their personal inboxes.


We’re delighted to welcome Kate to the Livermore wedding community, and we can’t wait to continue our collaboration!

4 Ways to Enhance Your Wedding with Event Drapery

Designing a wedding involves many moving pieces to ensure all of the décor comes together for a cohesive theme. From florals and furniture to centerpieces and signage, a lot goes into your picture-perfect day! Yet, event drapery is often overlooked despite the many benefits it can add to your celebration.

So what’s so great about event drapery?

Great question. Here are four reasons to enhance your wedding design with drapery!

Set apart distinct spaces.

Step into a cavernous ballroom and it can feel pretty intimidating, knowing you have to fill that space with décor! But with event drapery, one large space can become several smaller spaces — all it takes is some simple rigging (which our specialists handle). Create a hospitality space filled with amenities, a dessert area with sweet treats, or an open-air photo booth with all the fixin’s. Drapery opens up unlimited possibilities for how your space can look and feel on the big day.

Cover up unsightly fixtures.

Even the most beautiful venues have certain fixtures that are better left unseen. Support poles, beams, wall hangings, and other onsite features can take away from your wedding’s design theme. Fortunately, drapery can conceal most* of them so they don’t show up as ugly photobombers in the back of your wedding pictures.

*We say most because fire extinguishers, alarms, sprinklers, and exit signs can not—and should not—be covered by anything. The same goes for anything near an open flame.

event drapery | Wente Vineyard mandap

Add texture to the design.

Design isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s about creating a certain atmosphere for your guests. Your goal is to engage all the senses — delicious smells (and tastes) from the caterers, enjoyable music from the DJ, and allllllll the pretty details to see. Texture brings the all-important sense of touch into the picture, adding an extra dimension to your wedding design. Sequins, satin, taffeta — every texture offers a unique feel to your space, so let’s get creative!

Create the desired ambiance.

Event drapery has the power to transform a space and create the perfect ambiance to match your décor. Looking for a soft and airy look? Consider flowy chiffon drapery in white, blush, or natural tones. More of a deep, dark, and moody vibe? Opt for velour in black or jewel tones. Want a glam feel for your big day? Try out satin, silk, or even brocade drapery to do it big. Needless to say, there’s a drape style for every wedding style — all you have to do is ask.

Event drapery is the versatile addition every wedding needs!

Ready to learn how drapery can enhance your celebration? Check out our gallery for inspiration and give us a ring at 800.660.3735 to schedule a free Design Meeting!

Event Services Showcase

LAST CALL: Event Services Showcase – Jan. 13

The clock is ticking — have you RSVPed for next week’s Event Services Showcase? Join us on January 13 for a step inside the Fantasy Sound experience. We can’t wait to have you!

Here’s what you can expect at our Event Services Showcase:

  • Answers to all of your questions from our amazing team of event pros
  • A chance to try out our photo booth for yourself
  • Meet-and-greet opportunities with our crew of DJs
  • An up-close look at the lighting fixtures we’re known for

event services showcase

Make sure to pack your planning notebook because you’ll gather ideas, inspiration, and advice to support your journey! Consider us your partner in event planning — all we have to do now is meet and make it official. We’re ready when you are. #LetsDoThis

Just make sure to RSVP for one of these time slots to save your spot:

  • 6:30 p.m.
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • 8:30 p.m.

Save my seat for the Jan. 13 Showcase!

NOTE: Our Showcase is a meet-and-greet, which means there will be other couples in attendance. This allows us to highlight our many products and services to the group at once.

With that said, we’d love to connect with you one-on-one! If you are ready to book with Fantasy Sound or want to schedule a personal consultation, we are happy to accommodate that as well!

We are available for consultations from Tuesday-Friday between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. or on Saturdays between 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. We also have appointments available on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Get in touch with us to schedule your consultation.

Looking Ahead at 2022 Wedding Trends

It’s here, it’s here! The New Year is here and, with it, we’re welcoming a whole slate of 2022 wedding trends fresh for the picking. For our fellow industry pros, you’re well aware that we’re in for a busy year. And for the engaged couples out there, you’re probably in the thick of wedding planning for your 2022 or 2023 wedding.

It’s true — as an industry, we’re still catching up from the countless postponements from the pandemic. Social distancing and restrictions on traveling and mass gatherings had put a damper on many wedding plans. However, with new knowledge about how to mitigate risk and manage COVID-19, weddings are back in full swing again!

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Let’s dive into the 2022 wedding trends to know this year…

If you are getting married, involved in planning your friend’s wedding, or simply curious about what’s on the horizon for weddings in 2022, we’ve got you covered. We’re giving you a lowdown on the hottest 2022 wedding trends that will dominate the scene this year and beyond.

Luxury meets comfort

This year, expect many engaged couples to keep the celebration to pared-down perfection! While classic black-tie weddings are definitely here to stay, events will be slightly less formal. Weddings in 2022 will exude a casual, elegant vibe and have a more inviting atmosphere. Think cocktail-style parties with posh food trucks in the vicinity, and the like.  

Multiple-day celebrations

As we return to in-person gatherings, it comes as no surprise that engaged couples are putting extra effort into ensuring they create wonderful memories with loved ones at their wedding. As a result, many are planning multi-day experiences to make the most of their celebrations. This gives them more time to mingle and catch up with all of their favorite people outside of the event proper. It also allows them to space out meetings with guests and avoid mass gatherings with too many people.

Domestic destination weddings

Travel continues to be tricky as many countries have adopted stringent requirements for entry and tourism. Thus, you can expect more and more couples to explore beautiful, otherworldly destinations within the country for their celebrations. Not only is it more cost-effective, but it’s also more accessible for guests who are apprehensive of air travel. And this way, everyone can still enjoy some well-deserved respite from daily life without the hassle of international travel.  

Weekday nuptials

Weekday weddings have been on the rise in recent years, and they will continue to be prevalent in the coming year due to increased demand. As restrictions loosen up, more and more vendors and venues have found themselves fully booked for weekends through 2022, and even into 2023. Weekday weddings are a great way to avoid traffic or crowds that often swell during the weekends. Not to mention, many couples are impatient to finally tie the knot and a weekday celebration can make it happen!

Countryside vibe

In need of a wedding theme idea? Many couples are finding inspiration from the hit Netflix series, Bridgerton. Expect trailing wisteria, Georgian wedding venues, personalized wax seals, and regency blue color palettes to abound in the wedding scene this coming year. And it comes as no surprise as, after over a year of lockdowns, couples are craving refreshing, outdoorsy weddings.

Technology-infused weddings

Livestreaming, online RSVPs, and QR codes that direct guests to the wedding website: These are just a few of the ways technology is incorporated into this year’s weddings. While quarantine restrictions are loosening in most states, travel may still not be possible or safe for everyone you want at your wedding, whether for health or other reasons. In 2022, couples are embracing technology to bridge the gaps!

These six trends are transforming the industry and the way we plan weddings, so keep an open mind as you embark on the next chapter of your journey to the aisle. Whether you’re nearly there or you’re just starting out, consider how these trends can influence your big day for the better!

Curious to know more about design and experiential trends to make your wedding day unforgettable? We’ve got you covered. Reach out and let us show you how our lighting & entertainment services can provide you with the modern, on-trend celebration of your dreams.

Happy New Year!

2022 is just around the corner, and we are all set to celebrate! We hope you’re taking the next few days to celebrate the New Year in style: surrounded by loved ones, good food, and fun festivities. So without further ado, Happy New Year from the team at Fantasy Sound!

Happy New Year 2022

P.S. Did you know that champagne became a New Year’s drink of choice thanks to good, old-fashioned marketing? Doesn’t make it any less enjoyable to pop a bottle of bubbly, though — cheers to that!

Holiday Party at Casa Real | Sequoia

We’ve been eager to share this holiday party at Casa Real with you, and we’re thrilled the time has come! Sequoia is always showing out for their company celebrations — we’ve transformed Casa Real into everything from a circus to a glam Hollywood flashback. So this time, we couldn’t wait to embrace the winter wonderland theme!

holiday party at casa real | winter event design

From the all-white tablescapes to the glistening chandeliers throughout the space, we like to think we had the wintry vibe on lock. I mean, just see for yourself!

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But this celebration wasn’t just about design and décor… It was all about the guest experience! Hello, just take a peek at this sweet S’mores bar that was set outside. And on such a beautiful day, too!

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We had hand-drawn caricatures, aerial performers, ballet dancers, a DIY fry bar, and so much more. Heck, even the Abominable Snowman and Buddy the Elf came to party with us!

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Without a doubt, the show-stopping moment was when Nina Sawant came out and wowed the guests with her aerial performance!

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And, of course, we couldn’t miss out on the wintry ballet performance. What a treat! The stage was decked out with everything needed to transform the space into a wonderland.

Winter Wonderland Event Design | Livermore CA event lighting Holiday Party at Casa Real | Winter Wonderland Ballet Dancers from Circosphere

Meanwhile, guests were free to have their caricatures done and interact with roaming performers throughout the space.

Circosphere Caricature Artist | Livermore CA corporate event Experiential Event Design | Holiday Party at Casa Real

As you can see, Sequoia really pulled out all of the stops for this one-of-a-kind event! Our creative team paired flawless aesthetics with an unforgettable experiential event design. We’re already looking forward to our next Sequoia event — it’s sure to be a blast!

Above all, we’d like to send our thanks to our amazing creative partners for helping us bring this holiday party at Casa Real to life!

Photos: Eli Zaturanski | @elipoint
Design & Florals: Nicole Ha Design | @nicolehadesign
Lighting & Installation: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fseevents
Venue: Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery| @casarealevents
Rentals: Pleasanton Rentals | @pleasantonrentals
Rentals: A Party Place
Dance Performance & Atmosphere: LA Follies | @LAFollies
Aerialist Performance: Nina Sawant | @_ninauiu_
Caricaturist & Silhouette Artists: Circosphere | @circosphere

merry christmas

Merry Christmas from Fantasy Sound!

As we all prepare for the holiday weekend, we first want to wish our creative partners and our clients a very Merry Christmas! We know we’ll be up to our noses in mulled cider in a matter of days, and we hope you have an enjoyable and restful celebration ahead of you.

merry christmas

hazy lane studios | karey ronnow | livermore wedding photographer

Karey Ronnow, Hazy Lane Studios {Creative Partner Spotlight}

It’s our pleasure to welcome the amazing photographer behind Hazy Lane Studios, Karey Ronnow, to the blog today!

Karey is the very definition of a “friendor” — she’s a pro at building personal bonds with her clients, colleagues, and everyone she encounters. From the moment you meet her, it’s clear that her passion for weddings comes straight from the heart. We’re grateful to call her our creative partner and our friend!

Get to know Karey and Hazy Lane Studios below!


hazy lane studios | karey ronnow | livermore wedding photographer

 

Tell us a bit about your professional background. What brought you to the event industry?

I fell in love with photography when I was in middle school and that passion has stayed with me. I had an incredible high school teacher who allowed me to hone in on my skills and taught me how to develop my images in the dark room – SO much fun! While I loved being artistic, 17 year old me was told I need to have a “real” job, so off to college I went.

I earned a B.S. in Kinesiology, followed by my M.A. in Education. I started teaching and in my second year, I was asked if I would be interested in taking over the yearbook. I enthusiastically said yes, and I once again picked up a camera. One thing lead to another and one day my husband tossed a packet of papers on my desk… It was my fictitious business name registration, business bank account, amongst other things. What a gift! I shot my first wedding in 2011 and never looked back.

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What do you love about your job as the owner of Hazy Lane Studios?

Everything! I love helping build an efficient and effective timeline. I love the connection with my couples (and their families). I love crying during the ceremony (yes, I wear waterproof mascara)! I love dancing during the reception. I love the laughing, the joking, the smiles, and the hugs. But my favorite part is seeing the joy and love on grandparents faces (I miss my grandparents so much – and my favorite photo from my wedding is a simple snapshot of me dancing with my grandfather).

If you could share one wedding planning tip with an engaged couple, what would you tell them?

You do you. I know you want to make everyone happy, but your wedding day is about you. Do not feel pressured into doing anything that you’re uncomfortable with or think that you “have to” do something because of some old fashioned tradition. 17 years ago I allowed my bridesmaids to pick their own dress style and had “mismatching” tables and I was told I was crazy… Turns out I was just ahead of my time!


Karey’s wedding photos are beautiful, elegant, and timeless — those memories will never fade! Learn more about her wedding photography services here and follow her on Instagram at @hazylanestudios.

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Adam Clark, Adam J. Clark Photography {Creative Partner Spotlight}

This week, we’re highlighting the owner and lead photographer of Adam J. Clark Photography… Adam Clark, himself!

You may recognize Adam’s name from the gorgeous photos of his that we’ve shared on our blog and social media. He’s truly a visionary behind the lens, and we love collaborating with him to bring our clients’ events to life!

Let’s see what Adam Clark has to share!


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Tell us a bit about your professional background. What brought you to the event industry?

I have long had a passion for art, specifically photography. When I was young I was fascinated by my Grandfather’s Nikomat camera. My closest childhood friend’s father had what I thought was the coolest camera and case. I loved all the gear and gadgets that went into creating images with a camera.

As a little kid, I recall having an old Kodak Brownie in my toy collection and then on my 8th birthday I received a Kodak Instamatic. To be honest I believe I may have been a little disappointed. I had a camera, it was old, but I had one I think I was lobbying more for a BB gun on that birthday. However this gift turned out to inspire me.

Years later my father sold the family station wagon and took the proceeds and purchased my family’s first 35 mm camera. That did it, I was hooked! I took that camera everywhere and probably cost my father a ton in film and processing taking images of anything and everything. Then came time for my senior portraits, something that I had looked forward to for years. This is what turned my interest to portraiture. I loved the whole process.

After graduating high school I attended college thinking I would one day work towards an engineering degree. This seemed like a logical idea. In reality I wanted to be a photographer but in my head I thought, “That’s not a job, it’s a fantasy. Being a photographer isn’t a career it’s a hobby. Being an engineer, that’s a career.” I was right and wrong, being a photographer is a fantasy and not a real job, but it is a career. It is the fantasy, non-real job, that has been my career for nearly 25 years!

Anyway, after college I attended the Art Institute of Seattle and I earned a degree in Commercial Photography. After graduation I was fortunate to find a part-time job with a local photo studio, Crawford’s Photography in Redmond, WA. Here I learned my craft, and my passion for photography and portraiture grew. I was able to meet wonderful people that turned into fantastic clients and friends. I was given the opportunity to get to know and document their lives through my portraiture. I have clients that I photographed as babies, then high school seniors, then weddings and then their babies. It is a mind-blowing experience that I so very much cherish! I went on to run, manage and eventually own the Studio. This was my only job, career, fantasy until I started Adam J. Clark Photography.

In my down time I love spending time with my dog, visiting with family and friends around the country, SCUBA diving, running, skiing, hiking and staying fit. I also very much love to visit Hawaii, and live the Aloha spirit. Currently I am based out of Livermore, CA. However I am available on the Big Island of Hawaii. Again, thank you so much for visiting my web site. I hope we have the opportunity to meet and I hope you will consider me for all your portrait and photographic needs. I love what I do and I am dedicated to making your portraits a unique and special work of art, worthy of viewing by future generations.

What do you love about your job?

I love meeting people, making them happy and being exposed to different cultures and traditions.

If you could share one wedding planning tip with an engaged couple, what would you tell them?

Be on time and listen to the professionals. We are here to help take advantage of our knowledge, that more than one I know LOL


We are big Adam Clark fans at Fantasy Sound and we’re always looking forward to the next time we get to work with him. Cheers to you, Adam!

Save The Date: Event Services Showcase – Jan. 13

Won’t you join us as we ring in the New Year with our next Event Services Showcase? Come out on January 13 and see why we’re the top event lighting & entertainment provider around!

Meet with our team of professionals, test out our photo booth (props included!), see our renowned lighting fixtures up close and personal, and talk wedding playlists with our amazing DJs. It’s the ultimate Fantasy Sound experience, and we’d love to see you!

event services showcase

You’ll walk away with ideas, advice, and information to provide plenty of event inspiration — and maybe even a follow-up appointment to kick off the planning. So make sure to bring your questions and event details. We hope to see you at our Event Services Showcase on January 13!

Just make sure to RSVP for one of these time slots to save your spot:

  • 6:30 p.m.
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • 8:30 p.m.

RSVP for the Event Services Showcase!

NOTE: Our Showcase is a meet-and-greet, which means there will be other couples in attendance. This allows us to highlight our many products and services to the group at once.

However, If you are looking to connect one-on-one or are ready to book with Fantasy Sound, we are happy to accommodate that as well!

We invite you to schedule a personal consultation from Tuesday-Friday between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. or on Saturdays between 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. We also have appointments available on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Need something outside of those times? We’d love to accommodate you. Get in touch with us to schedule your consultation.