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Wedding Planning Roundup: November 2023

Are you entering the wedding planning stage, wondering what to do next? Don’t worry! Feeling overwhelmed with all the moving parts is normal. Fortunately, you can rely on wedding professionals like us for the latest resources and tips. If you need help, use our wedding planning roundup below to guide your plans and celebrate this exciting milestone.

Let’s dive in, shall we?

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Avoiding Clichés In Your Wedding (Glamour & Grace)

Cookie-cutter celebrations may work for some couples, but not everyone. If you want a unique experience that allows your personality to shine, this post breaks down the best ways to do so. Give it a read and use the inspo for your special day!

6 TikTok Wedding Trends You Should Know About–and Whether or Not They’re Worth Trying (Martha Stewart)   

Just because a wedding trend is popular on TikTok doesn’t mean it’s the right match for your event. Discover what industry pros think about the latest TikTok trends, from grounded flower displays to audio guest books.

Everything to Know About A Wedding Welcome Party (Junebug Weddings)

Wedding weekends are becoming a staple in modern celebrations, where couples add more festivities to the itinerary, like welcome parties. If you’re interested in hosting a pre-wedding event, check this blog post out for all the details. It’ll make planning a breeze!

Tips for Planning the Honeymoon of Your Dreams on a Budget (Style Me Pretty)

Many newlyweds experience financial stress after spending a pretty penny on their wedding, so traveling may seem out of the question. Not according to Style Me Pretty, though. This post covers helpful tips on how to enjoy yourself on your honeymoon without breaking the bank. Be sure to share this one with your significant other as you discuss your dream destinations! 

Unique Wedding Ideas You Didn’t Know You Needed (Bridal Musings)   

Remember what we said about cookie-cutter weddings? We encourage you to think outside the box and create an unforgettable experience. Gain inspo from this list of unique additions, from pet cutouts to giant lawn games to gourmet donut walls. 

How to Tell Guests That You’re Not Having Kids at Your Wedding (Brides) 

Everyone’s vision of the happiest day of their life differs. Some couples love large gatherings, while others prefer an intimate crowd. If you’re considering crossing children off the guest list, learn how to communicate your wishes without stepping on anyone’s toes with this Brides’ post. 

Feeling a sense of relief? Hopefully, these resources guide your wedding planning and give you some fun ideas to celebrate in style. If you enjoyed this roundup, bookmark it and share it with your wedding planner! 


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Casa at Ruby Hill | Taho and Luis

If you’re searching for spring wedding inspiration, look no further than Taho and Luis’ celebration. Their light blush color palette paired with the abundant florals at Casa at Ruby Hill created a light and airy ambiance. 

Explore these unforgettable snapshots from their special day and prepare to be wowed!

thao and luis

Before the ceremony begins, the couple shares their first touch and personal vows with each other. Adding an intimate moment into their timeline allows them to soak in the experience. 

Thao and Luis first touch

Take a peek at Casa at Ruby Hill’s ceremony space. It’s everything a couple could wish for–floral gobo on the back wall, gorgeous pink and white floral arrangements, white sheer swag draped along the fireplace, and a classic chandelier. 

ceremony setup at casa at ruby hill

ceremony setup for Thao and Luis

The ceremony unfolds like a fairytale as the bride-to-be walks down the aisle and says, “I do.” The kiss cements their vows, while the dip completes the moment. 


processional with bride and dad

first kiss wedding ceremony

recessional taho and luis

The spacious reception hall welcomes guests with string lights and blush tablecloths. Take a closer look at the tables, and you’ll find a gorgeous display of greenery paired with signage and candles. The sweetheart table also features springtime elements, like cherry blossom trees and pink and purple floral arrangements, creating an illusion of flower fields.

sweetheart table at casa at ruby hill wedding table number reception setup at casa at ruby hill

Now, onto our favorite parts of the celebration. The ramen bar is a delicious (and fun) addition to their special day, while the wedding cake highlights their color palette with a romantic ombré effect. We also have to shout out the painter creating their first dance in real time! 

live painter at a wedding pink wedding cake ramen bar at casa at ruby hill

The dragon dancers take the guests by surprise. We love how these newlyweds incorporate culture into their big day. 

bride and groom with a dragon dancer

Let’s raise a toast to Taho and Luis! It was a pleasure bringing your vision to life. 

first dance thao and luis

Special thank you to our creative partners for delivering this dreamy event!!

Venue: Casa at Ruby Hill | @casarealevents

Photography: Kat Ma Photography | @katma_photography 

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents 


Celebrate the Holidays in Livermore Wine Valley

Are you traveling to the Livermore Valley area this winter? Nestled amidst the rolling vineyards and picturesque landscapes of California’s East Bay, Livermore Valley is a hidden gem for wine enthusiasts and holiday revelers alike.  Plus, our community hosts seasonal experiences for families to get into the holiday spirit and make unforgettable memories every year.

Whether you’re a local looking for new ways to embrace the holidays or a traveler seeking a unique destination to celebrate, join us as we toast to the magic of the holidays in Livermore Wine Valley during the most wonderful time of the year.

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Holiday Village at Carnegie Park

Have you ever wanted to visit the North Pole? Well, now you can with Holiday Village at Carnegie Park. As of 2021, this new annual tradition immerses guests in a fantastical world.

Explore the local vendors and warm up with hot cocoa and delicious treats. Take photos with Santa and enjoy live music with a DJ and local artists. You can also expect guest appearances from the Gingerbread Girl and the Candy Girl. The best part? Your kids can take free photos with these characters. As for the adults, you can savor flavors from our local beer and wine. This event has plenty of magic touches that make for a memorable holiday experience! !

Nochebuena: A Christmas Spectacular

A captivating and vibrant show, Nochebuena: A Christmas Spectacular takes its audience on a festive journey. This experience features a cast of dancers, musicians, and singers that will leave you speechless while reminding you why it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Book your tickets today if you want to be swept away by live performances, stunning costumes, and sweeping music! 

Livermore-Amador Symphony 

Nothing compares to hearing live music from a symphony. And fortunately, the Livermore-Amador Symphony will grace our ears this coming December. The Bankhead is presenting a free holiday concert with nostalgic tunes of the season. Yes, you heard that right—consider it a gift from our community to you!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 2nd, and reserve your space for this magical show.

The Nutcracker at Valley Dance Theatre

Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is a timeless ballet story perfect for a live stage. Presented by Valley Dance Theatre, visitors can watch the classic story unfold while enjoying a live accompaniment of the Valley Dance Theatre Pit Orchestra and breathtaking costumes. 

Fans of live productions and ballet will love this show. The performance will be available throughout December, so grab your tickets and anticipate an unforgettable experience with loved ones.

New Year’s Eve with The Four Freshmen 

Swing into the New Year with The Four Freshmen, a jazzy quartet that will inspire you to get up and dance. This legendary vocal group will perform classics, transporting you back in time while celebrating the new chapter.

Prepare to get lost in the beautiful harmonies and barbershop style at the Bankhead Theater. This inspiring event will be one for the ages, so ring in the new year with a jazzy twist. 

Holidays in Livermore Wine Valley

We hope you’ve been inspired to embark on your own festive adventure in the Livermore Valley this holiday season. From the warm, inviting wineries offering tastings of world-class wines to the captivating holiday events that bring the community together, Livermore Wine Valley truly has something magical to offer during this special time of year.

And if you’re planning a winter wedding weekend, add these fun gems to your itinerary. You and your guests won’t regret it.

Bookmark this post and revisit it as you finalize your travel plans!

Cameron and Andrea Palm Event Center

Palm Event Center | Camron and Andrea

We’ve had the pleasure of serving many beautiful weddings over the years, like Camron and Andrea’s celebration. Palm Event Center’s stunning property set the stage for an elegant occasion with an outdoor ceremony and live music. Join us as we revisit memorable moments throughout their special day! 

wedding invitation and couple portrait


Before the festivities kick off, Andrea and her entourage celebrate by popping some bubbly. Meanwhile, Camron gets ready for the first look.  

Groom and Bride getting ready

The couple meets under a romantic veranda, sharing a private moment together. Look at their smiles—joy is spilling out of the picture!    

Camron and Andrea first look


The outdoor ceremony showcases classic elements, like white rose petals and billowy curtains. The best part of the minimalist aesthetic is how it allows the couple to shine.

Bride and Groom during Palm Event Center ceremony

A crystal-beaded chandelier, extravagant sweetheart table, and large reception space are the perfect ingredients for a party. Did we mention the custom monogram? It’s one of our favorite details to personalize the day!

wedding reception setup at palm event center palm event center dance floor

The modern seating chart and mariachi band take this event to another level.  

Escort card display and band


For the first dance, the newlyweds bring out all the stops with background dancers and a live mariachi band. The final moment of them embracing under the chandelier is pure magic.  

Camron and Andrea dancing

Cheers to Camron and Andrea! Your timeless celebration was the epitome of class. We’re sending our best wishes for the next chapter. 

Camron and Andrea Palm Event Center

Thank you to our creative partners for bringing the couple’s vision to life!

Venue: Palm Event Center | @palmeventcenter

Photography: Karissa Wright Productions | @karissawrightproductions 

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @FSESevents 

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Wedding Planning Roundup: October 2023

Let’s pop some bubbly and celebrate! Now that you’re officially engaged, it’s time to plan for the big day. Only problem? You can’t find a simple blueprint for coordinating your dream wedding. That’s why we created this wedding planning roundup—to fill in the gaps so you can enjoy each moment of your engagement.

Consider these resources a pre-wedding gift from us. Let’s begin!

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Incorporating All Five Senses In Your Wedding (Glamour & Grace)

Since your celebration is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you may have the urge to store it in a bottle and relive it for years to come. Luckily, Glamour & Grace has some tips on how to make your day even more memorable (beyond the pictures). Take a peek at their recommendations!

More Couples Than You Think Go Over Their Wedding Budget (and Here’s How Much They Overspend) (The Knot)

Approximately 54% of couples spend more than expected on their wedding. If you’re worried about making this mistake, read this post to discover how to stick to a spending plan. 

These 25 Festive Color Palettes Were Made for a Winter Wedding (WeddingWire)

Want to immerse your guests in a winter wonderland on your special day? Use this WeddingWire guide to select a stunning color palette. From red and emerald green to metallic accents, you’ll find a gorgeous combo in no time.

How to Make Your Wedding Accessible for Guests with Mobility Limitations (So This Is Love) 

You want to ensure all your loved ones can participate in this beautiful milestone, and that means buckling down on accessibility. Check out this blog post for the best inclusive practices from wedding industry experts.

Engaged? Congratulations! Here’s What to Do Next (Pretty Pear Bride)

After an exciting proposal, realization is settling in: You’re officially getting married but don’t know what to do next. Give this guide a read so you can properly prepare for the happiest day of your life!

And there you have it–our latest wedding planning roundup. We hope these tips provide peace of mind and a sense of direction on your way to the altar! If you liked this post, save it and share it with your partner.

Good luck, and remember to savor every moment of your engagement!

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Palm Event Center | Nancy and Aakash

One of the most beautiful parts of a celebration is its uniqueness to the couple. Every wedding is a lovely reflection of a relationship and its new chapter, from color palettes to themes to cultural touches. For instance, Nancy and Aakash had a romantic day at Palm Event Center featured cultural elements, rich colors, and a blissful atmosphere. Here’s a peek at their memorable affair!

Nancy and Aakash portrait

Before the ceremony begins, we get to admire Nancy’s gorgeous lehenga, showcasing red and gold accents, and Aakash’s accompanying attire. The groom smiles as the bride-to-be walks down the aisle. 

Indian wedding ceremony for Nancy and Aakash

Following the ceremonial rituals, the guests toss rose petals at the newlyweds. What a lovely candid moment of the couple soaking in the moment!  

processional of Nancy and Aakash with roses petals being thrown

After a vibrant ceremony, we transition to a cooler, starry night theme with a fairy lights backdrop for the sweetheart table. The golden arch provides a warm touch to the elegant scene. 

Nancy and Aakash wedding reception

Now, the couple shares their first dance beneath the chandelier. The mini dip is a playful addition to their performance. 

Nancy and Aakash first dance

Check out Aakash breaking a move on the dance floor. He looks at his wife with a big smile while the guests dance around him.

dance performance by the groom and groomsmen

Let’s raise a toast for newlyweds Nancy and Aakash! Your special day perfectly immersed guests in your culture and love for each other. 

sunset portrait of Nancy and Aakash

Thank you to our creative partners for contributing to this event!

Venue: Palm Event Center | @palmeventcenter

Photography: JSK Photos | @jskphotos 

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents  


Ice themed holiday party with Elsa

5 Elements of a Memorable Holiday Party

One of the best ways to kick off the holiday season? By hosting an unforgettable holiday party for your friends and colleagues. Holiday parties are more than a tradition–they create lasting memories and meaningful relationships. While this season is typically stressful because of Q4 deadlines and last-minute shopping, a celebration allows people to relax and enjoy themselves.

If you’re starting to brainstorm, let us inspire you with our list of 5 essential elements for a memorable holiday party!

Have a Stunning Lighting Design

The right lighting can set the mood for your holiday affair by adding a touch of warmth. While DIY is always an option, avoid using LED and fluorescent lights, which can make your décor look unflattering and cheap. Instead, we recommend getting professional event lighting to transform the ambiance.

High-quality lights can make the event space look more sophisticated and emphasize key areas of the venue, like the decorated tree or buffet table. Some types of event lighting include gobo wash, custom monograms, and uplighting.

With the support of a professional, you can create a dreamy winter wonderland. Wondering how to achieve this look? Customize the lighting hues, hang string lights in the venue, or add a chandelier to infuse magic into the celebration.    

Hire Entertainment That Wows

Beyond the lighting, you can make the party even more remarkable with the right entertainment. Live music, interactive performances, and games are excellent ways to engage your guests and ensure everyone has a fun evening.

Consider hiring a DJ or live band to elevate the energy and liven up the crowds. A well-curated tracklist will encourage guests to dance the night away. What’s more memorable than getting lost in the music? 

In addition, you can spread the festive spirit with holiday-themed performers, organize trivia games, and set up a photo booth. Arrange a meeting with your co-hosts to brainstorm exciting entertainment. 

If you need more ideas, get some insight from the people on the guest list and apply their suggestions to the holiday party. 

Opt For Audio-Visual Excellence 

Audio-visual (AV) equipment is essential for a seamless party experience, as it ensures the technical elements run smoothly, like the sound quality and visual effects.

Top-notch sound systems are a must for music, speeches, and announcements. After all, the last thing you want is high-pitched feedback while presenting. For visual enhancements, projection screens and LED displays can create a visually stunning result, complementing the holiday theme. 

AV equipment also pairs well with interactive activities, like trivia games and live polls. So, if you’re planning a holiday-themed quiz, your technology can make the experience dynamic and fun.

While AV technology can transform a holiday party, it can also cause glitches. Fortunately, you can avoid the hiccups by following these key tips:

  • Test your equipment ahead of time
  • Use reliable technology 
  • Prepare for the unpredictable with backup devices
  • Hire professionals to oversee the AV equipment
  • Check the network connectivity
  • Do a practice run with the technology before the event

Capture Memories With Photo Booths 

Photo booths are a fun interactive experience for guests. An excellent icebreaker, they’re perfect for group photos and offer a unique keepsake from the night. Photo booths come in many different forms. For instance, open-air stalls are customizable and allow more people to get involved with the experience. Closed photo booths are a classic option, providing privacy for guests to let loose and be silly together. 

There are endless ways to immerse everyone in the holiday spirit with a photo booth. You can design the backdrop with your event’s color palette, use themed props, like holiday signage and reindeer antlers, and have participants add photos and personalized messages to a guestbook. 

Use Thoughtful Décor and Details

Décor can complete the ultimate holiday aesthetic. Whether you want a North Pole or Winter Wonderland theme, your decorations can sweep guests off their feet and transport them to a new world. 

You don’t have to be a design aficionado to achieve a holiday vibe. To start, gain inspiration from Pinterest and get clear on your vision. Select a color scheme and coordinate elements, like napkins and ornaments, for a cohesive look. One way you can do this is with your tablescape. Dress up the tables with holiday place cards and centerpieces with pinecones and pillar candles. 

Don’t be afraid to go all out with wreaths, garlands, stockings, and ornaments. You can also establish focal points for extra wow factor. For example, a beautifully decorated tree or a cozy lounge area. Like the lighting and entertainment, décor can take your event to the next level and give your attendees something worth remembering. 

Ready to host an unforgettable party?

A lot goes into a showstopping celebration, from the lights and technology to the interactive activities and décor. If this blog post inspired you, bookmark it and share it with your team. Then, hire a professional event crew like us to bring your vision to life.

Fantasy Sound specializes in event lighting, entertainment, AV equipment, and photo booths. Get in touch today to weave these stunning elements into your holiday party and host the biggest bash of the year!

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Elliston Vineyards | Helen and Adam

Welcome to a romantic boho paradise! Helen and Adam’s celebration at Elliston Vineyards featured a picturesque backdrop, warm color palette, and idyllic atmosphere. Get swept away by these sweet moments from their wedding day!

Wedding Stationery and escort card display

The bride and groom-to-be pose with their wedding party. We love how their outfits showcase the rich, neutral color palette with cream, brown, and beige.

Surrounded by greenery, the ceremony scene is breathtaking. As Helen walks down the aisle, live instrumentals play in the background. Once she meets Adam at the altar, they profess their love for each other.

After the ceremony, the guests make their way to the reception space. The room is bright as natural light pours in from the large windows behind the sweetheart table. Everything from the hanging greenery chandeliers and floral arrangements to the rustic chairs and standing bar lends itself to a stunning rustic look.

The newlyweds make a grand entrance for their first dance on the patio. With fairy lights twinkling in the background, the moment is pure magic.

Let’s raise a toast to Helen and Adam! Your timeless day was filled with love and laughter. 

bride and groom portrait on stairs

Thank you to our talented creative partners for crafting a spectacular event!

Photography: Studio Opia | @studioopia

Venue: Elliston Vineyards | @ellistonvineyards

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents

Wedding Planning Roundup: 5 Helpful Resources

Many couples dive headfirst into wedding planning, hoping to be intentional with each choice. But realistically, coordinating a full-scale celebration is a handful, leaving many discouraged and overwhelmed. Fortunately, you don’t need to scroll aimlessly through how-to guides to get insight for your special day. 


Instead, use our latest wedding planning roundup! We’ve compiled a list of five wedding resources to save you time and energy. Browse our article below to gain inspo and breathe life into your vision! 

wedding resources with an engaged couple


1. 7 Ways to Learn More About Wedding Vendors (WeddingWire)

Ready to assemble the ultimate wedding squad? Finding the right vendors can prove to be a chore, but luckily, this WeddingWire article will help you secure the best talent for your team. 


2. Give Your Wedding Timeline a Glow Up With This Expert-Backed Template (The Knot)

A wedding day timeline is essential in creating a seamless flow throughout the day. It ensures all involved are on the same page, allowing the festivities to move smoothly without any added stress. Read this post for a comprehensive timeline template to customize for your event. 


3. How to Find and Choose A Wedding Officiant (Junebug Weddings)

Your wedding officiant will play a significant role in your special day, but finding the right match may feel like putting a square peg in a round hole. Review this article to learn about different types of officiants, so you can select the perfect person to lead your celebration.  


4. Weighing the Pros and Cons of Inviting Children to Your Wedding (Style Me Pretty)  

Kids are excellent at bringing life and spontaneity to the table. However, that doesn’t mean you’re obligated to invite them to your wedding. If you’re still on the fence about this topic, explore the advantages and disadvantages of hosting children during your wedding weekend with this Style Me Pretty blog post. 


5. 10 of the Best Color Combinations From the Experts (And How to Use Them) (Woman Getting Married)

Who doesn’t love a classy color palette? Your color scheme sets the stage for your big day. So whether you want to feature pastels or seasonal hues, your color palette will bring a cohesive look to your event. Click the link to gain inspo for your wedding colors and get creative with your vision.


There you have it! Take these resources and start checking more things off of your wedding planning to-do list. And if you need more ideas to guide your planning process, visit our blog archives for additional resources. 


First Dance at Palm Event Center

Palm Event Center | Sarah and Brad

We love a classic wedding, and Sarah and Brad’s celebration exceeded our expectations. With a minimalistic design and warm color palette, their special day delivered a timeless vibe. Let’s get lost in the rich magenta hues and golden accents, shall we?  


Wedding Bouquet


The bride-to-be tears up as Brad shares his heartfelt vows. Someone better grab us a tissue because we can feel the waterworks coming! Afterward, the couple embraces with a loving kiss. 


Outdoor Wedding Reception at Palm Event Center


The outdoor ceremony was gorgeous, and we must credit Palm Event Center for the beautiful reception space. The breathtaking chandelier, rustic barrels, and classy table settings perfectly complement each other. Zooming in on the tablescape, we can’t get enough of the golden candle holders, round vases, and floral arrangements. 

Wedding Reception tables and centerpiece

Wedding Reception


Let’s take a peek at the sweetheart table with its stunning draped florals. Simply perfection! Once the couple settles in, the maid of honor shares a heartfelt speech to kick off the reception party. 


Reception Setup at Palm Event Center

Sarah and Brad’s first dance is intimate— you can tell they’re savoring every moment. Next up is the father-daughter dance. Cue the awwws!


Wedding First Dance at Palm Event Center


What’s a wedding without a bouquet toss? We love how they incorporate this tradition under the crystal-beaded chandelier.   


Bouquet Toss


Congratulations to newlyweds Sarah and Brad! Your timeless wedding at Palm Event Center was a dream. 


We want to acknowledge our creative partners’ dedication to this romantic affair.


Photography: Hazy Lane Studios | @hazylanestudios

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents

Venue: Palm Event Center | @palmeventcenter

Fall wedding bouquet

Fall 2023 Wedding Trends

Fall is a popular season for weddings, with 43% of celebrations occurring between September and November in 2022. We can understand why couples gravitate toward this season – the temperatures are comfortable, the foliage is vibrant, and the vibe is cozy. Beyond the stunning scenery and pumpkin spice lattes, there is much to look forward to when planning an event during this time.

If you want to get bit by the inspo bug, join us to explore the latest fall wedding trends!

Pumpkin wedding reception centerpiece

Autumn color palette


Mums in a pumpkin

Still determining your color palette? Consider incorporating warm, earthy tones like burgundy, orange, and red. A rich burgundy adds a sophisticated and luxurious touch, while burnt orange and red deliver a natural autumn aesthetic. For a muted, rustic feel, you can also include brown and olive-green tones. 

Add a pop of color with golden or mustard yellow. A vibrant yellow is cheerful and complements the fall foliage theme, and a mustard yellow evokes comfort. Bold hues, like emerald green or sapphire blue, are also excellent contenders to tie your theme together. 

Once you’ve decided on the perfect color palette, balance your autumn color scheme with metallic accents like gold, copper, or bronze.   


Seasonal floral arrangements


Fall wedding bouquet

Selecting your dream flowers can be challenging, but we recommend autumn blooms like dahlias, chrysanthemums, and marigolds. In-season flowers have been all the rage for modern weddings because they’re sustainable, gorgeous, and locally sourced. For couples hosting a destination wedding, local flowers are a great way to showcase the area’s natural beauty. 

Here are some creative ideas to make the most of seasonal flowers:

  • Create a lush bridal bouquet: Select an autumn bloom as your statement flower and add greenery, like dusty miller or eucalyptus, for texture and depth. 
  • Include seasonal elements in ceremony décor: Scatter maple leaves on the aisle and decorate your wedding arch with fall flowers. 
  • Develop stunning centerpieces: Put your blooms in a copper or gold vase surrounded by candles for a simple and chic look. 

Sunflowers and wheat accents are also a popular fall trend. For example, sunflower bouquets with dried grass and wheat stems provide the ultimate boho-chic style. For a rustic look, you can also place this iconic statement flower on crates or barrels.

Now, blooms aren’t the only natural elements symbolizing fall. This season features textures and foliage as well. Think eucalyptus, berries, and branches. Add red hypericum berries to your bouquets for a pop of color, drape eucalyptus garlands on your banquet tables, and decorate your chairs with wreaths. Including greenery and wooden accents in your ceremony and wedding cake is another way to create a cohesive theme. 

In addition to seasonal blooms, modern couples have also gravitated toward dried flowers for centerpieces, bouquets, and wedding décor. Pairing dried flowers with garland is perfect for a boho-chic aesthetic. For your grand exit, you can substitute dried flower petals or fall leaves for traditional paper confetti. 


Cozy and intimate atmosphere 


String Lights

Tap into fall’s cozy vibes by using candles and fairy lights. These warm lighting options establish a welcoming atmosphere.

Need some inspo to draw from? Review our list of recommendations and see if any match your vision: 

  • Pair pillar candles of varying heights together throughout the venue.
  • Select candlesticks with an autumn design to match the fall aesthetic. 
  • Hang fairy lights on trees and arches to establish an enchanting ambiance for your outdoor ceremony.
  • Drape curtain fairy lights along the walls of the lounge area for an intimate cocktail hour. 
  • Line the aisle with candle-lit luminaries for a romantic entrance. 

Hanging lanterns and chandeliers also offer an elevated touch to modern celebrations. You can hang lanterns in the trees for outdoor weddings and create an eclectic display with other lighting options. In addition, you can hang a crystal-beaded chandelier over the dance floor, making your first dance even more memorable!


Besides your lighting, make your event feel like a warm hug with lounge areas featuring plush sofas, pillows, and armchairs. Place baskets with blankets by the aisles for guests to use during the ceremony and add cushions to benches for comfortable seating. You can also provide custom blankets with your names as wedding favors.   

If you’re planning an outdoor celebration, find out if your venue has fire pits or heaters. Fire pits have a calming and nostalgic feel, inviting guests to come together and enjoy conversations.   


Seasonal menus and signature drinks


apple cocktail

Autumn is one of the best seasons for themed treats, as displayed by the annual pumpkin-flavored craze. There’s no better way to immerse your guests in the fall theme than with a harvest-inspired menu. 

Here are some of our favorite hearty dishes that perfectly represent the season:

  • Creamy pumpkin soup
  • Butternut squash soup
  • Apple-infused salad with maple vinaigrette 
  • A side helping of root vegetables, like carrots, sweet potatoes, beets, parsnips, turnips, rutabagas, radishes, and celery root

As for specialty drinks, a fall-flavored cocktail or spiced apple cider is an excellent option. Some other delectable autumn beverages include caramel apple martinis, maple bourbon old fashioneds, and harvest mules. Taste test some of these items to determine the best signature drink for your special day!

Finally, we left the best for last – your dessert. While you can always opt for a traditional wedding cake, there are plenty of fun ways to give your treats a dose of autumn. Consider swapping your cake with a pumpkin or pecan pie. Or, if you prefer to keep the conventional dessert, you can serve additional treats, like maple pecan blondies, cinnamon rolls, or apple crisps. These delectable delights will satisfy even the biggest of sweet tooths!


Capturing the essence of fall in your wedding


Autumn is a beautiful season for a celebration, and luckily, incorporating the cozy, festive vibes into your big day is simple. You and your partner can host a stunning autumn wedding by including warm color palettes, seasonal floral arrangements, specialized menus, and more. 

Are you feeling inspired by our post? Share these fall trends with your wedding planner and add your unique spin to make the event your own!

Bride and Groom kissing

Casa Real Events | Claudia and Juan

We’ve seen couples explore many themes, from industrial chic to boho, but one of our favorites is rustic elegance. Claudia and Juan’s celebration sets the stage for a wedding with light and airy elements and a gorgeous color palette. Take a peek at their stunning day!


Wedding Invitation and Wedding Purse

Before the festivities begin, Claudia gets ready with her wedding party. We love how everyone is helping her prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime milestone.


Bride Getting Ready


Drum roll, please…Claudia’s final look is breathtaking.


Bride Portrait


As guests trickle in, a welcome sign decorated with silver dollar eucalyptus and white and peach roses greets them. And the signage is only the beginning – check out the reception hall! The floral arrangements on the barrels, ornate fireplace, and detailing on Casa Real’s walls really bring out the couple’s theme. 


Wedding Reception Setup at Casa Real


The space is full of love and joy as the ceremony commences. 


Indoor Wedding Ceremony Casa Real


After the “I dos,” Claudia and Juan pose with their wedding party. Casa Real’s stone exterior and cedar doors are the perfect backdrop for this moment. 


Wedding Party at Casa Real


Moving on to the reception party, the guests take in the entire scene. The floral arrangements and minimalistic centerpieces offer a light and elegant touch. But we also want to highlight the details, like the floral gobo wash and cute signages on the backs of the sweetheart chairs. It’s the little things that make the biggest splash! 

Wedding Reception Casa Real


Claudia and Juan capture everyone’s attention with their first dance. They’re getting lost in the moment, and so are we! Afterward, they do the honors of cutting their cake. Can someone save us a slice?    


Wedding Reception and Cake Cutting


Let’s raise a toast to newlyweds Claudia and Juan! It was a joy to witness your vision come alive. 


Claudia and Juan wedding portrait

Thank you to our creative partners for making this a special day they’ll never forget.


Venue: Casa Real Events | @casarealevents

Photography: 1985 Luke Photography | @1985lukephotography

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents

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Wedding Planning Roundup: 5 Helpful Resources

Are you tired of scouring the internet for wedding guides? From Pinterest to TikTok to blogs, finding a reliable source for your journey can be overwhelming. That’s why we want to end the search with our helpful resources for wedding planning, where we share five resources to help you clarify your vision and guide you toward your dream wedding.

Grab a pen and notebook as we dive in!

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How to Ensure Consistency in Your Wedding Design (Elizabeth Anne Designs) 

With the big day comes endless decisions, leading to mental fatigue and potential inconsistencies with your theme and style. Check out this article to avoid any clashing details. You’ll thank us later!


4 Wedding Items You Aren’t Responsible for Paying For, According to Pros (Pretty Pear Bride)

After adding up all the figures, you know that weddings can be expensive, and you need a budget to follow. The good news? You don’t have to cover everything. Read this Pretty Pear Bride post to find out who pays for what.


5 Favorite Wedding Exits in 2023 (Storyboard Wedding)  

Everyone always thinks about epic entrances, but what about a grand exit? From nature-inspired confetti to a paper plane sail-off, this post will inspire you to end your special day with a bang. 


Top Engagement Party Mistakes to Avoid for a Memorable Celebration (Popped!)

Your engagement party kicks off your wedding planning journey, so you’ll want to make sure it goes off without a hitch. Discover what pitfalls to avoid for an unforgettable celebration. 


Planning Multiple Weddings? Here’s What You Need to Know (Bridal Musings)

Bringing a couple’s vision to life is one of the best parts of planning an unforgettable celebration. But juggling several weddings at once? Not so much. If you’re an event planner, follow this comprehensive guide to help you manage multiple festivities without a sweat. 


Did you find any of these resources helpful? If so, bookmark this post and revisit it throughout your planning process. We hope it allows you to enjoy each moment of your engagement! And if you are looking for lighting, a photo booth, or DJ, you can contact us here.


Palm Event Center | Elaine and Stephen

On a clear, sunny day at Palm Event Center, Elaine and Stephen said “yes” to forever. Their outdoor wedding was a beautiful introduction to the next chapter of their lives. Here’s a glimpse of the vibrant colors and radiant smiles that filled their special day!  

Eliane and Stephen Palm Event Center

Before the ceremony, guests pass a welcome table decorated with the couple’s pictures and cultural characteristics. The table’s minimalistic design is a sneak peek for the rest of the event. The outdoor ceremony maintains a rustic look with florals hanging on the wedding arch and greenery in the background. 

Palm Event Center Ceremony

Elaine is over the moon as her father walks her down the aisle. During the ceremony, the couple looks lovingly into each other’s eyes. To top it all off, the afternoon sun touches them at the perfect moment, illuminating their joy.  

Ceremony Palm Event Center

After the ceremony, Stephen’s parents share a speech at the reception. There’s nothing more memorable than hearing personal stories and wisdom from loved ones. 

Speeches at Elaine and Stephen's Wedding

Who’s ready to bust a move? The newlyweds kick off the party with a first dance. Then, Stephen takes to the dance floor with his mom.  

First Dances at Elaine and Stephen's Wedding

Join us in congratulating Elaine and Stephen! Your Palm Event Center celebration was absolutely timeless. 

Elaine and Stephen's Wedding at Palm Event Center

We want to share our appreciation for our creative partners. Thank you for your time and hard work!

Photography: Olivia Smartt Photography | @oliviasmartt

Venue: Palm Event Center | @palmeventcenter

Florist: Delford West Floral Company | @delfordwestflowers

Rentals/Linens: Pleasanton Event Rentals | @pleasantonrentals

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @FSESEvents

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5 Ways to Personalize Your Wedding

Your wedding day is more than just a ceremony; it’s a celebration of love, a reflection of your unique journey, and a promise of a beautiful future together. And it is imperative to personalize your wedding to reflect you as a couple. Infusing your special day with personalized touches not only adds a distinctive charm but also makes your wedding an authentic representation of your love story.

In this guide, we delve into the art of personalizing your wedding – from the subtle details that whisper your personalities to the grand gestures that shout your love from the rooftops. Whether you’re envisioning an intimate gathering or a grand gala, these five creative ways will help you infuse your day with meaning, memories, and magic.

Personalized Wedding

1. Customize your venue


Lights, camera, action! While everyone gushes about décor, we are head over heels for high-quality lighting. Creative lighting can provide the perfect mood and vibe for an experience. For instance, fluorescent lighting is excellent for a hospital but not so much for a ceremony or reception party. Instead, weddings fare better with warm event lighting and gobo washes, immersing guests in a romantic atmosphere.

Customized monogram lighting with your initials and wedding date is another distinctive way to tell the world this is your big day. Yes, you can opt for a boho-rustic aesthetic or a modern industrial wedding, but these small details set your celebration apart from the rest.

When it comes to décor, consider incorporating personal items or heirlooms, like jewelry, family photos, antique decorations, and a family crest. You can still capture your desired theme while featuring a one-of-a-kind display.

Another way of customizing your venue is by decorating based on your shared interests. For example, if you and your partner are big sports fans, add your team’s logo to your wedding favors. Some of your guests may support the opposing team, but there’s no harm in a little rivalry! Set aside time to discuss key elements to highlight during your event. 


2. Personalize your music and entertainment


Similar to creative lights, your playlist sets the stage for your wedding. What’s your favorite song? Think of a tune that has special meaning to your relationship and share it with your DJ. You can dedicate a song for the walk down the aisle or your first dance. Regardless, your music will leave a powerful imprint when you reminisce. 

We recommend collaborating with a wedding DJ or live band to craft a personalized playlist. If you’re searching for entertainment in Livermore, allow our disc jockeys to infuse energy and excitement into your event! Click here to learn more about Fantasy Sound’s entertainment services.  

With your custom playlist checked off, explore other forms of entertainment to elevate your guest experience. For instance, choreographed dance routines are great for engaging guests and putting a smile on your loved one’s faces. You can also host a surprise musical guest—because who wouldn’t want to be serenaded by live music? 


3. Incorporate interactive activities   


Photo booths are a popular, interactive option for modern couples. You can customize props and backdrops to match your wedding’s theme and unique personalities. The best part is no two photo booths are the same. At Fantasy Sound, we ensure your photo booth experience immerses guests in your celebration and inspires everyone to make memories that last a lifetime. Whether you want customized drapery or a specific backdrop, let us bring your vision to life!

For couples big on sharing their experiences online, we suggest posting your favorite snapshots and videos with personalized hashtags. Encourage your guests to do the same, so you can relive your wedding weekend through their eyes. 

Guestbooks are a wedding staple, but that doesn’t mean you must stick with a traditional message and signature. You can get creative with an alternative option, like a Polaroid guestbook, where attendees take photos of themselves, paste them in the book, and write a sentimental message to you. 


4. Offer signature cocktails and food    


Are you considering an open bar at your reception? Make it even more noteworthy by naming the cocktails after you, your significant other, or special moments throughout your relationship. You can throw in nicknames, initials, or inside jokes. Personalizing the drink names is a quirky detail your guests will love. 

You can also go off the beaten path with interactive food stations or bars. A pop-up stall is a unique approach to supplying food to the masses. It inspires guests to get up from their designated seats and mingle with others. DIY taco bars and sushi stations are a popular go-to for modern couples. You can also include other mouthwatering options, like a dim sum station, a soft pretzel stand with a spread of dipping sauces, or a classic charcuterie bar.  

Don’t forget about dessert!. Besides your stunning wedding cake, consider providing a dessert bar with your favorite delights. Imagine a spread of cookies, candies, and mini cakes paired with cute signages, and you’ve got yourself an interactive treat for anyone who walks by.


5. Create an intimate ceremony


Ceremonies are the perfect opportunity to highlight your journey together and the exciting adventures ahead. Use your vows to convey everything, from personal stories and promises to inside jokes. While vows can be challenging to write, they also allow you to express what’s on your heart. So take time to craft an authentic and loving message. 

You can also get loved ones involved with your ceremony. Ask family or friends to perform a song or a reading. Warning: This can get sentimental, so have a tissue box nearby. 

Including cultural or religious traditions is another way of adding a personal level to your ceremony. You can implement these elements through rituals, decorations, attire, and prayers. Discuss how you want to approach your event with your partner and wedding planner.


A personalized celebration is a reflection of you


Make the most of your wedding weekend by including meaningful details that resonate with you and your partner. You can add a personal spin to your theme, music, guest experience, or specialized menu. While it may seem like extra work to bring your unique vision to life, the final results are worth it.

Jot down a list of must-have elements and personal touches. Then, use this blog post to help guide you with the details. We hope your special day is everything you’ve ever wanted and more!

Bride and Groom Portrait

Palm Event Center | Alex and Brian

Roses are popular at weddings, and Alex and Brian’s stunning celebration at Palm Event Center reminded us why. With a mix of pastel and vibrant blooms and a rose color palette, their special day delivered elegance and sophistication. Take a walk down memory lane as we highlight moments from their wedding!

Bride and Groom Portrait

Alex and Brian’s festivities begin with a first look. The anticipation builds as Alex walks up to her soon-to-be husband. Drum roll for the final reveal – Brian’s look of admiration says it all. 

First Look Alex and Brian

As the wedding party poses together, we can’t help but admire the pink color palette on display. The different hues from the dresses and bouquets jump out of the picture. 

Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

There are two words to describe this outdoor ceremony scene – romantic excellence. The green vineyard pairs perfectly with the rose petals on the aisle and floral arrangements. Beyond the naturescape, we love the candid snapshot of the bride laughing.

Outdoor Ceremony Palm Event Center

At the reception party, the tablescape features a simplistic and elegant design with pink roses and greenery. The custom wedding place cards deliver a personal touch. 

Reception Table Palm Event Center

Speaking of personalization, have you seen the guest favors yet? The homemade blackberry jam is a thoughtful gift from the heart. 

Jam Favors

Cue the music because it’s time for the first dance. The guests watch in awe as the newlyweds sway in each other’s arms on the dance floor. 

Alex and Brian First Dance

Cheers to Alex and Brian. May your next chapter be as spectacular as your celebration!

Alex and Brian at Palm Event Center

Thank you to our creative partners for your contribution to this big day.

Photography: Hazy Lane Studios | @HazyLaneStudios

Venue: Palm Event Center | @palmeventcenter

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents 


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5 Event Drapery Tips to Transform Your Venue

After browsing Pinterest and saving wedding inspiration pins, you may encounter a common thread – drapery. Although a subtle detail, drapery can transform your celebration, adding another level of elegance and class. It’s also versatile, so whether you want to create a dramatic scene or a dreamy ambiance, drapery can help you bring your vision to life. 

Keep reading to learn how to incorporate event drapery into your special day!

1. Creating a drapery backdrop 

Do you want to draw guests’ attention to key areas of your venue? Consider hanging drapery behind various focal points for a striking effect. You can use a gorgeous drapery backdrop for your ceremony altar, sweetheart table, dance floor, and more. 

Before selecting any drapery, explore your wedding theme with your partner to determine the best style. For instance, sheer drapery pairs well with a light and airy theme, while poly satin drapery delivers pure elegance. 

2. Changing the venue’s space

Large event spaces are great for entertaining many guests; however, if you want to establish an intimate and cozy vibe, drapery can help you achieve this. Simply use your drapery to portion off smaller areas until it feels just right. 

You can divide halls into private rooms, designate areas for eating, and separate spaces for games and activities. The perfect event drapery will allow you to seamlessly shape your space to match the picture in your head.

3. Enhancing the guest experience 

If you want to customize your event to elevate the guest experience, incorporate drapery to section off your larger space. For example, you can design a speakeasy-inspired cocktail bar, a silent disco, or a photo booth. Now’s your chance to get creative and give attendees a unique experience they’ll remember for years.

You can also enhance drapery with event lighting. The proper lighting can set the vibe for your romantic affair, transporting you and your guests to a dreamy oasis. Consider bringing light designers on board to accomplish this breathtaking look. 

4. Doing a big reveal

Like a stage, drapery creates a sense of mystery for a big reveal. Do you want to build anticipation for your walk down the aisle or reveal the cake cutting at the reception party? Utilize event drapery to initiate buzz and excitement. You can use this simple décor element with diverse colors and materials to create a showstopping effect.

5. Adding drama

We could do without gossip drama, but drapery drama is a must! Consider adding ceiling swag or hanging drapery for a dramatic swoop that will demand your guests’ attention throughout your festivities. You can play with colors, textures, and lighting to match the effect you’re looking for. And if you need support, hire a designer. A pro can use their design expertise to elevate your celebration. 

Event drapery lends itself to many themes and styles, so if you’re leaning toward this décor option, we would be happy to assist you. Contact us today, so we can set you up with one of our expert décor specialists and deliver your dream wedding, dramatic drapery and all! 

bride and groom holding hands

Wedding Planning Roundup: 5 Helpful Resources

You’re in the middle of planning your wedding, and while you likely expected the heavy workload, nothing could prepare you for the endless decisions. If you need a breather, check out our wedding planning roundup below! We’ve included advice from wedding industry pros to clear your brain fog and help you gain clarity surrounding your celebration.

Let’s get started!

bride and groom holding hands wedding planning

1. 7 Ways to Learn More About Wedding Vendors (WeddingWire)

You need a team to pull off a full-scale wedding, but finding the right crew is easier said than done. This post reveals how to secure the perfect team of vendors, from social media to industry events. Give it a read so you can confidently assemble your squad. 

2. Buttercream vs. Fondant: Pick the Right One (Glamour and Grace)

Would you rather have a mouth-watering wedding cake or a picture-perfect display? Explore the pros and cons of buttercream and fondant in this Glamour and Grace blog post. It’ll simplify the decision process regarding your cake.

3. 7 Outdoor Wedding Afterparty Ideas to Wind the Night Down (Love Inc.)  

If you’re organizing your wedding day timeline, an afterparty option is a must. Gain inspiration from this guide and end your special day with a bang.

4. The Anatomy of an Invitation Suite: What’s Included? (Style Me Pretty)  

Are you ready to send out invites? Before you do, read this article to ensure you’ve crossed your t’s and dotted your i’s. It covers save the dates, main invitations, response cards, and more. 

5. How to Incorporate a Newborn Baby Into Your Wedding (Brides)  

Nothing will make this milestone more memorable than including your little one. If you’re wondering how to incorporate your baby while enjoying a seamless celebration, check out this blog post!

Now that you have some resources under your belt, you can dive back into the wedding planning process while crossing decisions off your list. Remember to enjoy your engagement, and the rest will follow! If you are still in need of lighting or DJ feel free to check out our website to learn more about us. 

Yinan and Johnathan

CuriOdyssey | Yinan and Johnathan

Today, we’re featuring Yinan and Johnathan’s elegant union at CuriOdyssey. Their celebration delivered a modern aesthetic with a cultural touch. Here are some highlights from their beautiful wedding. 

Yinan and Johnathan

Imagine an inviting scene that feels like a big hug. The welcome table sets the tone for the event with minimalistic welcome signage and pillar candles, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. 

wedding card table

The champagne curtains and symmetrical floral arrangements exude romance as the couple shares their vows beneath the greenery chandelier.

wedding ceremony curiodyssey

After the ceremony, the festivities continue with a Chinese lion dance. Also known as the dragon dance, this tradition symbolizes prosperity and longevity. 

Yianan and Johnathan wedding

CuriOdyssey’s reception space is showstopping with white floral trees, pillar candles, and a warm wood interior. As stunning as the rest of the room looks, the sweetheart table takes the spotlight. We love the white hanging florals, sheer curtains, and our favorite detail, the blue ceiling molding. It’s a gorgeous pop of color from the green-and-white aesthetic.  

Curiodyssey wedding

Join us in congratulating Yinan and Johnathan! Your timeless wedding was one for the ages.

Bride and Groom

Thank you to our creative partners for perfectly blending the couple’s vision and traditions to create a memorable experience!

Photography: A Girl and A Camera Photography | @agirlandacamera

Venue: CuriOdyssey | @curiOdyssey

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents

Bride and Groom Casa Real

Casa Real Events | Madelyn and Trevor

Today, we’re raising a toast to Madelyn and Trevor! Their wedding featured light and airy elements, a minimalist color palette, and hanging greenery. Take a peek at their gorgeous celebration below!

Bride and Groom Casa Real

Wedding Welcome SIgn

Before the wedding commences, the bridal party enjoys some pre-celebration bubbly. Then, they prepare for the day ahead. We love how Casa Real’s property accentuates the color of the bridesmaids’ dresses. 

Bridesmaid Casa Real

Bridal Party Madelyn and Trevor's Wedding

Breathtaking and lush, the outdoor ceremony scene feels like an idyllic paradise. The overhanging greenery on the altar pairs perfectly with the floral arrangements and foliage. As Madelyn walks down the aisle, everyone stands in anticipation of the couple’s next chapter. 

Madelyn and Trevor Casa Real Wedding Ceremony

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

Madelyn and Trevor exchanging vows

After the ceremony, it’s time to kick off cocktail hour with signature drinks and a toast. 

Madelyn and Trevor Bridal Party

Signature Drink Sign at Casa Real Wedding

As guests enter the reception party, they are amazed by the hanging greenery and white flowers. Look at the Edison bulbs peeking out of the greenery! Every detail breathes life into the space.   

Casa Real Reception

Wedding Lighting

Reception at Casa Real

The newlyweds make a memorable entrance and give the guests a show with their first dance. Their epic lift is certainly show-stopping! 

First Dance Madelyn and Trevor

Madelyn and Trevor's First Dance

Congratulations to Madelyn and Trevor. Your celebration was remarkable, and we hope your next chapter is too!

Champagne Glasses

Madelyn and Trevor Couple Portrait


We want to acknowledge our creative partners for bringing this couple’s vision to life.

Photography: Amanda Wei Photo | @amandaweiphoto

Venue: Casa Real Events | @casarealevents

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents

First dance under chandeliers

6 Types of Event Lighting to Shine on Your Wedding Day

Imagine a magical ambiance, where every corner of your wedding venue is illuminated with a touch of enchantment, creating an atmosphere that captivates and mesmerizes your guests. Event lighting plays a significant role in setting the mood, enhancing the aesthetics, and highlighting the beauty of your special day. 

In addition, event lighting helps signal transitions from festivity to festivity. For instance, you can dim the lights during the first dance and feature colorful lights for the reception party. One of the best parts of event lighting is personalizing it. You can select hues matching your color palette or lights aligning with your desired theme. 

There are many event lights to choose from for your special day. Here are some popular options:

  • Uplighting
  • String lights
  • Spotlights
  • Candles
  • Chandeliers
  • Custom gobos and monograms

Keep reading to learn more about event lighting and how to brighten your wedding day!


1. Uplighting


Imagine a museum with lights along the floors to create a unique effect on the exhibits. That’s what uplighting is. These event lights are typically positioned upward to shine a wash on the wall’s surface.

Uplighting is a stunning addition to weddings, with the option to swap various colors. So if you want a soft pastel glow, you can achieve that look without it being too bright and harsh. Place these lights evenly around the venue to produce the effect. Note: Your lighting designer will be in charge of the event lights, so all you have to do is share your vision with them.   

Uplighting can also accentuate certain venue elements, create dimension, and highlight essential areas, like the sweetheart table or wedding cake. Do you want to draw your guests’ attention to specific details? Uplighting is the option for you!


2. String lights 


Outdoor wedding reception market lights

Photography: Lauren Feddersen Photography

There’s something about string lights that create a fairytale finish. Also known as twinkle lights, string lights are versatile, enhancing indoor and outdoor settings. Planning a garden wedding? Hang string lights in the patio area. Hosting at an indoor venue? Let your string lights shine among the other event lights for an eclectic look.

Opt for soft lighting with warm bulbs or pastel hues for a romantic atmosphere. You can drape the string lights along a gazebo or wrap them around trees for outdoor events. Consider hanging the string lights above the dance floor or guest tables to elevate an indoor venue. 


3. Spotlights



If you’ve ever gone to a live concert, you may be familiar with spotlights, fixating on a band and its lead vocalist. The spotlight’s purpose is to illuminate important people and areas. Generally, they use a high-intensity LED bulb and a reflector to form a curved appearance, allowing operators to control the intensity of the light.

Spotlights are perfect for making the couple stand out on their special day. For instance, you can use a spotlight during the vows, for your first dance, and speeches and toasts. These event lights can also accentuate meaningful details, like your wedding cake. Beyond emphasizing certain elements, spotlights also offer other creative effects:

  • Textures and patterns
  • Custom colors to match your color palette
  • Silhouette effects
  • Layered cross-lighting


4. Candles  


A classic choice, candles create a warm and intimate atmosphere. You can incorporate candles in your tablescapes with decorative holders, aisle decorations, and outdoor lighting. In addition, you can host a candlelit reception under the stars, repurposing the candles from your ceremony. Note: Keep candles away from flammable items, and don’t leave them unattended. 

When couples picture candles, they may envision a vintage three-arm candle holder, but many alternative options are available. For example, pillar candles are thick and have a cylinder shape, ideal for a modern celebration. Taper candles are a classic choice with a slender and long figure. Other candle types include votive candles, floating candles, and tea lights. 

If candles are in the cards, the next factor to consider is the candle holder. Here are four common holders to pair with your event lighting:

  • Candlesticks: These holders are for taper candles and come in various materials, like wood, metal, and ceramic. 
  • Lanterns: An enclosed structure, lanterns have transparent sides for the light to peek through. 
  • Glass candle holders: These are sleek and simplistic holders designed in various shapes and sizes. 
  • Votive holders: This option is short and made for votive candles. 

Considering adding candles to your magical celebration? Try including them in the following ways:

  • Group your candles: There’s nothing more eclectic than a collection of candles. Group them into trios on your tablescape for an elegant design.
  • Play with size: Make your arrangements interesting by varying the sizes of the candles. Differing heights can create a dynamic display.
  • Opt for warm-colored candles: Candles with warm hues feel like a big hug. If you have warm tones in your color palette, consider including warm-colored candles too. 
  • Set up romantic nooks: Designate a cozy corner (or two!) for group activities and intimate conversations. Then, add a few candles to make the space more welcoming. 

5. Chandeliers   


First dance under chandeliers

Photography: Kat Ma Photography

Chandeliers always add a wow factor to event spaces, making the venue look and feel grand. This event lighting features multiple arms for light bulbs and varies in size and style. For instance, crystal-beaded chandeliers are ornate, embracing classic styles, while modern chandeliers showcase minimalistic shapes and straight lines. At Fantasy Sound, we offer a diverse selection of chandeliers and custom-built event lighting for couples looking for a showstopping touch.  

In addition to chandeliers, many lighting designers use techniques like projection mapping to enhance the guest experience. For example, a lighting expert can project patterns onto the venue’s walls or elevate the tablescape with table mapping. You can also cast custom patterns on the dance floor. Projection mapping compliments chandeliers, creating an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.


6. Custom gobos and monograms


Monogram lighting includes projecting a custom design onto a surface, like a couple’s name and wedding date. First, a pro will make a template out of the design. After transferring the digital format onto a metal plate called a gobo, a lighting designer will use project equipment and the gobo to reveal a stunning image. 

Custom gobos are a popular choice for celebrations because of the personalization factor. Instead of recreating a modern wedding from Pinterest, monogram lighting allows you to make the event your own. Whether you feature your initials or a symbol that resonates with you and your partner, monogram lighting perfectly ties everything together.   


Event lighting options at your fingertips


When crafting your special day, you can breathe life into your vision with the help of event lighting. Your lights can enhance everything from the desired ambiance and wedding theme to the color palette. And fortunately, there are many options to choose from to make this significant milestone shine.

Go beyond décor and personalize your celebration with your favorite event lighting. Incorporating the right lights can immerse your guests in a dreamy atmosphere and highlight your stunning venue. 

If you’re ready to take the next step and select the perfect lighting for your special day, contact us today!    

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Wedding Planning Roundup: 5 Helpful Resources

When couples say planning a wedding is a lot of work, they’re not kidding! Coordinating the details of your special day is a full-time gig that can leave you grasping at straws and wondering what to do next. 

Women's hand with engagement ring

A Step-by-Step Rehearsal Dinner Checklist to Help You Plan Like a Pro (The Knot)

You might have your rehearsal dinner on the calendar, but do you know how to prepare for it? Use this checklist for your event to ensure you cover all your bases from the five-month to the two-week mark!

Tips for Planning the Wedding of Your Dreams From Top Wedding Pros (Popped!)

Pinterest is excellent for creating mood boards for your magical day, but there’s more to a stunning wedding than décor and venue. Discover what else needs to be done behind the scenes to make your wedding vision a reality!

What Are Your Wedding Day Priorities? (Elizabeth Anne Designs)

Getting ready, first looks, formal portraits – where do we begin? When it comes to your special day, several priorities may compete for your attention along with celebrating your love. Fortunately, the experts offer valuable advice you can apply to your big day.

Plan B Invitation List: Should You Have One? (So This Is Love) 

When you make your guest list, you might wonder if you should have an A and B list.  If you’re unsure, check out this blog post for the advantages of creating multiple guest lists as you organize your event. 

4 Wedding Items You Aren’t Responsible for Paying For, According to Pros (Pretty Pear Bride)

Weddings are known for being expensive. Though you might be cutting checks left and right, your budget doesn’t automatically extend to your guests and wedding party. This Pretty Pear Bride article identifies which items fall outside your spending plan, so you can maintain peace of mind with your finances. 

Now that you have these valuable resources on your radar, you can use them to navigate your wedding planning journey and ensure you check all the boxes. Bookmark this post and share it with your partner the next time you’re in wedding planning mode! 

Stirling and Tyler kissing each other walking down the ceremony aisle

Casa Real Events | Stirling and Tyler

Today, we’re highlighting Stirling and Tyler’s romantic celebration at Casa Real. Their special day included many show-stopping details, highlighting their personalities and styles. We could gush all day about how their unique vision came to life, but we’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Gold mirror with calligraphy as a wedding welcome sign

flat lay of bridal accessories

Before the ceremony begins, Stirling and her bridesmaids celebrate with champagne. We’ll raise a toast to that! Then it’s time for formal portraits with the entire entourage.

Bridesmaids and a bride popping Champagne

Wedding party from the wedding of Stirling and Tyler

The clear skies make it a perfect day for an intimate outdoor wedding. We love everything about this scene, from the rose petals to the wine barrels to the couple holding hands while they profess their love.

Wedding ceremony outside at Casa Real

Stirling and Tyler kissing each other walking down the ceremony aisle

Remember what we said about the details? Look at the stunning mirror seating chart! The antique gold frame and font exude luxury. We also love the addition of their pugs with the advice cards and doggie treats.

large gold mirror with calligraphy for a wedding seating chart

Dog treat setup at a wedding

White flowers and greenery surround the sweetheart table, while the newlywed’s floral arch ties everything together for a classy finish.

Stirling and Tyler sitting at a sweetheart table under a floral arch

As the couple begins their first dance beneath the dazzling crystals, they look lovingly into each other’s eyes. What a touching moment.

Tyler and Stirling's first dance under a chandelier

Black and white photo of Tyler and Stirling slow dancing

Join us in congratulating newlyweds Stirling and Tyler! We wish you all the happiness on your journey.

Stirling and Tyler in a convertible driving away after the wedding

We want to acknowledge our creative partners for delivering a one-of-a-kind celebration. Thank you for your dedication to this couple’s vision!

Photography: Corvette Summer Photography 

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services 

Venue: Casa Real Events 

Wedding party in a photo booth

How to Make the Most of Your Wedding Photo Booth

Your wedding is an opportunity to celebrate a significant milestone with your closest friends and family. While traditional staples exist, many modern celebrations feature entertaining additions, like photo booths, to enhance the guest experience. Photo booths allow couples and guests to capture each moment and let their silly side shine.

It’s a timeless activity with fun props and custom snapshots, elevating any event. If you want to rent a wedding photo booth for your reception party, follow this easy guide for the best interactive experience!

Select the Right Photo Booth for Your Wedding

When you think about photo booths, what’s the first image that comes to mind? Many people picture a classic, enclosed booth, separating guests from the rest of the event. A traditional kiosk offers many benefits, like privacy and excellent lighting. It also establishes a safe space for users to take goofy photos without worrying about awkward stares from others.

While a conventional photo booth is an intimate option, it may take up space, limiting the reception party layout. In addition, the color of a standard booth may not align with your aesthetic. After carefully crafting your dream wedding, the last thing you want is an eyesore.

For some of these reasons, couples opt for an open-air photo booth. With a sleek design, the open concept ensures larger groups can take pictures without squeezing into a small box. It also provides a welcoming atmosphere, inviting all guests to participate.

An open-air photo booth is ideal for couples who want a customizable option that inspires attendees to try it out for themselves. If you want to learn more about open-air stalls, you can review our FAQs page!

Plan the Location and Setup of the Photo Booth

Determining the best photo booth option is one of many factors to consider. But you’ll also want to keep placement in mind. One way to encourage guests to take pictures is by making the booth accessible in a high-traffic area. Setting it up by the dance floor or bar will give it visibility and a higher chance of being utilized.

Note: Allow additional space around the kiosk for lines.

Location plays a significant role, especially concerning light. If an open-air station is in the cards, position it away from windows. Natural light can interfere with the quality of the pictures. However, you can depend on your photo booth vendor for perfect lighting and brightness.

Besides location, you can interweave your event’s theme with a custom backdrop. From plain colors to glamorous textures, get creative and let your vision come alive. Here are some creative ideas to incorporate into your photo booth:

  • Removable walls
  • Vinyl decals
  • Hanging florals or greenery
  • Neon signs
  • Fringe curtains
  • Metallic elements and sequins

In addition to a unique backdrop, you can include fun props to elevate the experience. Silly hats, wigs, microphones, and custom signs allow guests to become new characters and tap into their childlike nature. With these tips, you can provide the ultimate photo booth experience while breaking the ice at your reception.

Spread the Word About Your Photo Booth

Let everyone know about this exciting addition with social media hashtags. Nowadays, social media is the place to share highlights. So if you want everyone to experience your wedding weekend to the fullest, add hashtags to your posts leading up to the date. Some popular options include #photobooth, #weddingphotobooth, and #photoboothfun.

Before you publish anything, give your photo vendor a shoutout by tagging them online. Doing so offers online exposure while creating anticipation for your festivities.

Another way of spreading the word is by featuring it on your invitations and wedding website. Invitations typically include the following details:

  • The host
  • You and your partner’s names
  • Date and time
  • Ceremony and reception destination
  • RSVP options

But standard etiquette doesn’t mean mandatory. You can add a personal spin by providing a sneak peek of your activities, highlighting the photo booth and games.

If you prefer the traditional route, post the specifics on your wedding website or social media. Wedding websites are quickly becoming the go-to tool for modern couples because they centralize all the information for guests. Are you planning to use a wedding website for your celebration? Create a bulletin page to keep everyone up-to-date.

Finally, you can never go wrong with word of mouth. Make a speech and invite guests to take memorable snapshots of themselves. Whether you mention the photo booth privately or during a toast, your attendees may feel more inclined to try it out for themselves after hearing about it.

Make the Most of Your Photo Booth Pictures

Once you secure your dream kiosk, you’ll want to make it worthwhile. Try these simple tips to sidestep nerves and have a memorable photo booth experience:

  • Own your goofy side: Now that the formal portraits are over, let your hair down and have fun. Strike a unique pose, and don’t hold back.
  • Select your favorite props: Pick random props and make each photo unique. If there’s a mustache on the table, put it on and unleash your inner detective. The best part is becoming a new character.
  • Do a group photo op: Get your besties together and jump in front of the camera. A group picture can ease tension, especially seeing your friends embracing their fun side.
  • Try something new: If smiling is your go-to expression, try on a different look for a change. You can do a peace sign or stick your tongue out for an amusing shot.

Your photo booth pictures are also perfect keepsakes. If you’re searching for a unique guest book idea, let your photo booth take center stage. Leave a scrapbook next to the kiosk and have your guests tape their printed copies to the book.

Afterward, they can write a sentimental message to you and your partner. It’s a creative idea to make your guest book even more special! Plus, it allows you to relive the fun from your night.

Capture Your Special Day With Your Very Own Photo Booth

An entertaining addition to your festivities, a photo booth can bring out the best in your guests and allow them to experience each exciting moment. Whether you select an enclosed or open-air booth, a professional can guarantee your photos look exceptional.

Do you want to include a photo booth at your upcoming wedding? If so, contact us today to inquire about our services!

Kevin and Connie sharing a moment during their wedding reception at Casa Real under a flower chandelier

Casa Real Events | Connie and Kevin

Join us in celebrating Connie and Kevin on their beautiful wedding! Their Casa Real wedding featured a bright color palette, bountiful florals, and much more. Here’s an intimate look at moments throughout their special day.

Wedding Invitation for Connie and Kevin

Kicking off the festivities, the couple shares a first look. The expression on Connie’s face after Kevin sees her for the first time is pure joy.

First Look between Connie and Kevin at their wedding

A groom seeing his bride for the first time during a first look before the ceremony

The bouquets, boutonnieres, and dresses tie the gorgeous color palette together. We love the mix of yellow, orange, and peach.

Kevin and Connie's Bridal Party at Casa Real

As the music swells, Connie walks down the aisle with her parents and meets Kevin at the altar. The lush florals around the wedding arch, paired with the white drapes, complete the scene.

Connie walking down the ceremony aisle with her mom and dad

Kevin and Connie exchanging wedding vows at an outdoor wedding ceremony at Casa Real

Connie and Kevin celebrating after their wedding during their processional

Casa Real’s reception space is absolutely breathtaking. The ceiling swag and floral centerpieces are beautiful, but we have to talk about the floral chandelier. It’s a standout element, creating a dreamy oasis!

Connie and Kevin's wedding reception at Casa Real ballroom

Kevin and Connie sharing a moment during their wedding reception at Casa Real under a flower 

Now for a memorable entrance and first dance. The couple shows off their moves with a twirl and final dip.

Connie and Kevin sharing their first dance at Casa Real

Connie and Kevin taking a final dip and kiss after their first dance at their wedding reception at Casa Real

Let’s raise a toast to Connie and Kevin! May your next chapter be filled with lots of love and laughter.

Wedding portrait of Connie and Kevin in the vineyards at Casa Real

Shout out to our creative partners for infusing magic into this celebration!

Photography: Focused Journey Media | @fjmstudio

Venue: Casa Real Events | @casarealevents

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevent 

Summer Activities in Livermore

11 Summer Activities in Livermore

A popular wedding destination, Livermore offers many memorable experiences visitors can savor for a lifetime. Although the area is famous for its scenic countryside views and deliciously crafted flavors, the wine region also provides fun activities, perfect for unwinding during the summer.

This post will cover 11 summer activities in Livermore, such as outdoor adventures, special events, and cultural festivities you don’t want to miss on your summer trip to Livermore. So grab your notebook, and let’s dive into our list!

Summer Activities in Livermore

Outdoor Adventures 

Livermore is home to several nature areas, so if you’re a fellow adventurer, you’ll want to add the following sites to your itinerary. Start by hiking the beautiful trails at Del Valle Regional Park. While some trails, like Crest Blanca, are moderate at 2.0 miles, others may be more challenging. Be sure to research the difficulty level before attempting them yourself. We also recommend bringing water and sturdy walking shoes.

For the hotter days, consider kayaking at Lake Del Valle. It’s an excellent spot for beginning to intermediate kayakers with a low beach launch. Once you’ve enjoyed your time on the water, you can head over to Sycamore Grove Park for a picnic. You’ll enjoy the scenery and breathtaking wildflowers. These stunning blooms will make a perfect backdrop for your selfies!

If you’re looking for a laidback afternoon, you can also practice your swing at Las Positas Golf Course. The lush property is perfect for those looking to fly solo or golf with a group..  

Wine Tasting

While you’re in California’s oldest wine region, explore the flavors the Livermore area has to offer. Stop by Wente Vineyards Tasting Room, where you can sit back, sip a glass of wine, and admire the gorgeous landscape. It’s a lovely family-owned winery worth adding to your summer travel plans.

You can also visit the Concannon Vineyard Tasting Room. Whether you book their Terrace Reserve Seated Tasting with six small-lot wines or their Historical Library Tasting with exclusive wines from the estate, you’re in for a delightful treat. 

Cultural Activities

Do you love the arts? Say no more. Livermore Art Association Gallery has you covered. Get a glimpse of the local art scene through creative pieces like pressed flowers, glassware, and paintings. 

After the gallery, you can enjoy a performance at the Bankhead Theater. From jazz concerts to musicals to comedy acts, plenty of entertaining shows are available. Purchase tickets and invite a friend for an unforgettable experience.  

Those looking to escape the heat can grab popcorn and catch a movie at the Vine Cinema and Alehouse. They feature the latest films with showings of classics during the summer movie season. 

Events and Festivals

Have you ever gone to a rodeo before? If not, let Livermore Rodeo be your first. Taking place in early June, this summer tradition is the perfect gathering for family and friends. You’ll have a great time with themed activities like family night and the cowgirl luncheon. 

Like the rodeo, the Livermore Shakespeare Festival brings a passionate crowd. Theater fans can witness Shakespeare’s stories unfold under the stars at Darcie Kent Vineyards. There’s no better finale to a summer adventure than a live show!

If you’re still craving wine, the Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration will satisfy your taste buds. This annual event showcases over 30 wineries, arts and crafts, and live music. Wine lovers will appreciate this one-of-a-kind tradition.   

Plan a Summer Vacation to Livermore.

Now that summertime is approaching, it’s time to plan a trip to Livermore and experience the exciting activities in the area. From outdoor excursions and wine tastings to cultural activities and festivals, there are so many fun things to do. And if you don’t get to everything on our list, we invite you to return for another adventure in Livermore!

Casa Real Events | Caren and Joe

Today, we’re featuring Caren and Joe’s elegant Casa Real wedding. Their blue color palette mixed with white floral arrangements creates a light and airy aesthetic. It was a pleasure to witness their timeless celebration!

White and blue wedding invitation styled with a blue ring box and engagement ring, bride and groom shoes

Caren and Joe on their wedding day at Casa Real

The rich blue color from the bridesmaids’ dresses complements the groomsmen’s navy blue suits. We love the pairing of the white bouquets and boutonnieres! 

The black-and-white image of the bride walking down the aisle with her loved ones is a standout. Look at the high-vaulted ceilings and floral arrangements on the pews — it’s a stunning scene! 

Following the ceremony, it’s all smiles from the newlyweds and their entourage. 

Caren and Joe with their wedding party at Casa Real

As we transition to Casa Real’s reception space, we can’t stop looking at the sheer swag and greenery chandelier over the dance floor. A closer glimpse reveals white flowers peeking out of the greenery. Between the chandelier and tall floral centerpieces, everything is breathtaking.  

Wedding Reception setup at Casa Real with hanging greenery chandelier

The wedding cake’s white frosting, roses, and greenery tie nicely with the couple’s theme. We especially love the custom rustic signs featuring their names and wedding date sitting on top! 

A white wedding cake with white flowers and greenery

Before the party begins, the couple shares their first dance beneath the chandelier.

Caren and Joe sharing their first dance at their wedding at Casa Real in Livermore, California

Let’s raise a toast to Caren and Joe! We hope you savored every second of your wedding day. 

Bride and Groom outside of Casa Real in Livermore, California

Thank you to our team of creative partners for bringing this couple’s vision to life.

Photography: Regina K. Popova Photography | @reginakpopova

Venue: Casa Real Events | @casarealevents

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents 

White wedding cake with four tiers with pink and cream garden roses

Wedding Cake: Why You Need the Wedding Pros

Many modern couples are attracted to the DIY movement as a cost-effective and creative solution for their special day. If you’re considering designing your wedding cake, it’s worth weighing the pros and cons first. When it comes to DIYing your wedding, it’s easier said than done. While crafting is a great way to add personality, it’s time-consuming and exhausting. With a never-ending to-do list, you and your partner may struggle to balance DIY projects with your daily lives.

Cakes are an age-old tradition, representing prosperity, luck, and fertility. So whether you opt for the traditional route or not, a tasty treat is a must-have. But taking on this responsibility may not be the right call. Even if you’re skilled in the kitchen, your wedding is not the time to worry about whipping something up for your guests.

Do you need help deciding between DIYing your wedding cake and hiring a professional? If so, here are some vital points to consider before making a final decision!

White wedding cake with four tiers with pink and cream garden roses

Risks of DIY Wedding Cakes

Designing a stunning wedding cake takes years of experience and goes beyond pre-made cake mixes. While there’s nothing wrong with using a grocery store cake mix for a casual dinner party, your wedding cake deserves to be memorable. Every detail from your big day matters, including your dessert!

If you’re not a professional baker, don’t underestimate the work it takes for a showstopping result. The meticulous process may include the following:

  • Pairing cake and frosting flavors
  • Nailing the cake and frosting texture
  • Assembling structurally sound tiers
  • Evenly spreading the frosting
  • Adding decorative details, like flowers and icing patterns

This method may require one too many steps for you, especially leading up to your celebration. Instead, let the pros work their magic, so you can enjoy time with your loved ones.

To ensure your cake is fresh, you must bake it the day before the wedding. But between your rehearsal dinner and connecting with guests, you likely won’t have time to bake and decorate, let alone deliver it to the reception space on the day of. Plus, if you intend to incorporate other DIY projects into the mix, you’ll feel exhausted before you walk down the aisle.

Another critical factor is allergies. If guests have dietary restrictions, like gluten-free or nut allergies, it’s not worth the headache or risk of making your own dessert. Instead, let a baker take charge and attend to everyone’s health needs. They have experience using alternative ingredients and baking for large groups with dietary preferences. Bringing an expert on board will remove this stressor from your plate and ensure everyone is properly cared for.


Perks of Hiring a Pro Baker

A professional has worked with flavors for a living and can develop diverse pairings you may never consider. So rather than experimenting in the kitchen and dealing with decision fatigue, let your baker take the reins on this one. They will devise delicious choices you can taste and select as a final contender.

Timing also plays a significant role here. While you’re getting ready, your baker can arrive at your venue and set up your cake based on your reception start time and weather. In contrast, the DIY approach risks the quality of your cake. For instance, you don’t want your dessert melting in the corner while you prepare for your celebration. It’s an easily avoidable outcome with the help of a specialized vendor.

A pro baker excels in designing cakes using balance, proportion, and scale. Excellent bakers have studied these concepts for years and can apply them to your cake request. Share your preferences, show reference images, and watch your dream cake come to life.

Finally, an industry expert will collaborate with your team. For example, if you want to include flowers in your design or incorporate video mapping, you can expect your baker to work closely with your florist or lighting designer for a stunning finish.


Invest in Delectable Flavors

Your special day is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Celebrating this significant milestone is a financial investment that deserves love and care. While saving a few bucks in your budget is tempting, it’s also important to honor your vision.

Flavors evoke powerful memories, and your wedding cake is something you’ll want to cherish for years to come. In addition to reminiscing about your ceremony and vows, you can savor the sweetness from your big day too.

If you’re searching for the perfect Livermore cake vendor, get in touch with us, so we can connect you with an excellent baker who will create something magical and delicious!

Casa at Ruby Hill | Mike and Shila

Today, we’re sharing a glimpse of the stunning wedding of Mike and Shila stunning wedding at Casa at Ruby Hill. Their romantic day was timeless, from the white and black aesthetic to the golden accents. Looking through these pictures, you’re going to wish you were there!

Before the ceremony, the couple shares a private moment in the corridor with their first look. Mike’s surprised face says it all! 

The wedding party poses beside Mike and Shila. Mike’s family has a sleek, black aesthetic, while Shila’s bridesmaids feature a lovely, dark purple. The cedar doors make the perfect backdrop for this shot.     

Mike and Shila wedding party at casa real

As we enter the courtyard, the sun highlights the greenery overhanging the wedding altar and pastel floral arrangements. The outdoor ceremony scene sets the stage for the couple’s next chapter. 

Mike and Shila wedding ceremony

Take a peek at the reception hall, and you’ll be captivated by the elegant details that tie everything together. We can’t take our eyes off the white ceiling swag and the gorgeous chandelier. 

Mike and Shila Casa Real Wedding

The couple gets swept away in each other’s arms as the music swells. They finish with a kiss while their guests watch in awe. 

Mike and Shila wedding at Casa Real

Casa Real

Join us in congratulating Mike and Shila! Your special day was unforgettable.  

Mike and Shila

Thank you to our creative partners for creating a timeless event for this lovely duo. 

Venue: Casa at Ruby Hill | @casarealevents

Photography: Kat Ma Photography | @katma_photography 

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents 

Wedding Planning Challenges

4 Common Wedding Planning Challenges + How to Avoid Them

When you picture your wedding day, you may envision a magical scene unraveling as you walk down the aisle. That’s the ultimate dream – seamless and beautiful. But after hearing stories about wedding disasters, you may feel anxious about your special day. What if something goes wrong and ruins the event? What if the entertainment is a no-show? What if one of your guests makes a scene?

While many unpredictable factors are at play, wedding planning can remove the burden of uncertainty from your shoulders. It can bring you clarity and get you started on the right foot, so you and your partner can savor each moment.    

This post will cover common wedding planning challenges and how to overcome them to ensure your dream day becomes a reality! 

Wedding Planning Challenges

Problem 1: Budgeting issues

While it’s tempting to go above and beyond with your celebration, the risk of overspending and financial stress is not worth it. Instead, create a budget to spend with intention. To begin the process, consider your must-haves. Is there a specific cuisine you want or a venue in mind? Set aside time with your partner to list your priorities.

Explore potential expenses, like décor, entertainment, and floral arrangements. You can get an idea of price ranges by researching online. Once you have a general sense of costs, determine a budget with your significant other. Here, you can cover family contributions, loans, savings, and estimated costs for your entire event. 

After establishing a spending plan, it’s time to allocate funds to wedding-specific items, such as your must-haves. 

Note: You may encounter unexpected fees, so be prepared to adjust your budget accordingly.

As you plan, keep track of your spending to stay within your budget and ensure a stress-free experience. You can track your budget using wedding apps like WeddingWire, The Knot, and Joy.

Problem 2: Guest list woes  

Determining who makes the final cut on your guest list is a big wedding planning challenge the wedding planning process. Here are three pointers to guide you to your final decision:

  • Respect your budget: If you’re planning a micro wedding or elopement, your budget will only cover so many guests, so prioritize close friends and family. 
  • Consider your venue: The size of your event space will affect how many people you can invite. 
  • Reflect on your relationships: Focus on loved ones you want to be a part of your big day. 

Ultimately, it’s your wedding, so inviting those who will enrich the experience is ideal. However, should you invite a problematic guest, you can follow these tips to handle any issues that arise:

  • Set clear boundaries: If a guest is known for drama, reduce their involvement with your celebration and express your expectations for their behavior. 
  • Have a conversation: Share your boundaries and listen to their concerns. Remember, your big day isn’t a debate. So be compassionate, but stand your ground.
  • Rely on your support network: Check in with close friends or family to navigate the situation and keep everything on track. 
  • Create a plan B: Assign a trusted friend to chat with the guest before the wedding privately. If they still cause issues at your event, let someone else step in and de-escalate the situation. 

Finally, consider your guests’ experience by ensuring your venue is accessible with ramps and assistive devices. You can also offer multiple menu options to accommodate dietary needs and allergies. 

Problem 3: Timeline discrepancies 

Weddings typically follow a timeline but may be subject to change when factors like unpredictable weather occur. The best rule of thumb is to remain flexible. A standard wedding day timeline includes the following:

  • Getting ready
  • First looks
  • Ceremony 
  • Formal portraits and cocktail hour
  • Reception
  • Post-reception

This is a general guideline for a wedding day itinerary, but everyone celebrates differently, so consider traditions or new experiences you want to incorporate into your timeline. Pro-tip: Hire a wedding planner to ensure your special day runs smoothly despite any unexpected bumps in the road.     

Although you can’t control everything, there are ways to stick to your wedding itinerary (or at least close to it!). Start by making a detailed schedule and sharing it with your vendors and wedding party. You’ll also want to talk with your officiant and entertainment since they will lead your ceremony and reception. 

Delegate tasks to your wedding planner and vendors so you can be more present throughout your day.

Problem 4: Wedding day mishaps

Unexpected incidents are bound to happen, but planning will give you peace of mind. Consider assigning someone else to handle emergencies, like your wedding planner. Doing so will ensure the burden doesn’t fall on your shoulders. It also allows you and your partner to focus on celebrating to the fullest.

Unfortunately, remaining calm during mishaps is easier said than done. So to reduce anxiety, take a few deep breaths. Practicing self-care is another excellent way of managing stress, so stay hydrated, eat food, and check in with yourself. You can also vent to a close friend for additional support.

Overcome planning challenges with an early start   

Kickstart your wedding plans early to avoid common obstacles. Planning ahead offers many benefits, like better rates from vendors and availability. In addition, it allows time to research the right people for your team and work on DIY projects. 

You’ll want to prioritize your wedding day’s timeline as you coordinate the details. Borrow these three tips to establish your itinerary:

  • Consider the start time for your ceremony and reception: Your start times are helpful placeholders for the day, allowing you to estimate timeframes for getting ready, first looks, and cocktail hour.   
  • Gauge the length of your ceremony: Including family traditions and readings will affect the timing of your ceremony. The average wedding ceremony is 30 minutes.   
  • Discuss the timeline with your vendors: Communicating with your team will ensure everything moves seamlessly. 

Sidestep hurdles with organization and communication

When planning your big day, organization is your best friend, and luckily there are many tools to support you. If you like bullet lists and tables, consider using Notion, Excel, or Google Sheets. These recommendations provide templates to organize your thoughts.  

You can also use wedding planning apps, like The Knot and Zola, which feature checklists, guest management, and a spending plan. But if apps aren’t your thing, you can never go wrong with a physical wedding binder. Writing notes to yourself is effective for tracking all moving parts.

While you sort through the details, be sure to communicate with your team so everyone is on the same page. 

Experience the wedding of your dreams 

While planning a wedding comes with challenges, like budgeting and determining guest lists, you can ease into the process by starting early, communicating, and being flexible. 

Remember, you’re celebrating an exciting new chapter together, so rather than stressing over uncontrollable factors, go with the flow and enjoy your experience.

If you found this post helpful, use it to guide your wedding planning journey and helps you avoid wedding planning challenges. We hope you have a magical celebration!

Palm Event Center | Jennifer and Zach

Today, we’re highlighting the fairytale wedding of Jennifer and Zach at Palm Event Center. With promises of forever, this event showcased light and airy details through exquisite floral arrangements. Here are some memorable snapshots from their celebration!  

Jennifer and Zach

Jennifer and Zach’s big day begins with an intimate first look. What a tender moment!

The bridesmaids and groomsmen pose next to the couple, displaying different hues of blue from their outfits. Of course, we can’t forget about the dog too!

Before the ceremony begins, a “Welcome to Our Forever” sign greets guests, accompanied by a romantic tablescape and guest book for everyone to share their best wishes to the couple. 

Jennifer and Zach

The outdoor ceremony is gorgeous, with a lush vineyard, a light floral wedding arch, and clear skies. As Jennifer and Zach exchange their vows, everything feels complete. 

Jennifer and Zach

One look at the sweetheart table, and you’ll get swept away into an idyllic paradise. Florals are everywhere, from the centerpieces to the chandelier, creating a dreamy atmosphere. We also love how the tables are topped with garland and candles, complimenting the rest of the scene. 

The couple’s wedding cake maintains a beautiful floral and greenery theme.   

Finally, the love birds complete their special day with a dance beneath the floral chandelier. Nothing else matters except getting lost in each other’s eyes.  

Let’s raise a toast to newlyweds Jennifer and Zach! Your celebration was remarkable, and we hope your next chapter is too.  

A special shout-out to the following creative partners for contributing to this wedding:

Photography: A Tale Ahead Photography | @ataleaheadphoto

Venue: Palm Event Center | @palmeventcenter  

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents