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tree gobo wash 

Photo of the Month: Tree Gobo Wash

We can’t take our eyes off this moody sunset illusion! The amber uplighting and our autumnal tree gobo wash have us spellbound. 

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The fireplace ties the warm ambiance together for the perfect evening celebration. 

Krysten and Quang California wedding

Casa Real Wedding | Krysten + Quang

Krysten and Quang were treated to a gorgeous wedding day for a gorgeous couple! We love showcasing the love that radiates from our couples during their big day, and this special wedding was no exception.

Krysten and Quang California wedding

Romantic yet moody vibes set the scene for Krysten and Quang’s New Year’s Eve nuptials, all the way from their first look to the big countdown.

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Now, what’s more memorable than glittering stars everywhere you turn? Our dazzling market light curtain and twinkling chandelier transport the starlit sky into the comfort of Casa Real’s spacious ballroom.

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Beauty shone from every corner, from the glowing couple to the elegant table designs. You can tell how much thought Krysten and Quang put into their big day!

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As for the holiday mood lightning, the real secret weapons were our uplighting and the warm glow of candles throughout the space. 

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Congratulations Krysten and Quang! May you two have a long and happy marriage!

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A huge thank you to the wonderful vendors — this beautiful day wouldn’t have been possible without all of you!

Photography: Leo Pham Photography | @leophamphotographer

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents 

Venue: Casa Real Events | @casarealevents 

Event Services Showcase: November 16

Are you ready to start planning your wedding? Boy, do we have an event for you!

 Our next Event Services Showcase is set for November 16, and it’s just what you need to kickstart your wedding planning! Come meet our DJs, test out our photo booths (say cheese!), and see our chandeliers and lighting fixtures up close and personal. 

We have openings at 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, and 8:30 pm to talk about your wedding needs. 

RSVP for the Event Services Showcase!

Just a reminder that our Showcases are meet-and-greet events, so you will be attending with other engaged couples. If you’re looking for a 1:1 consultation, please get in touch to schedule an appointment with our team.

Photo of the Month – Edison Bulbs

We love an Edison bulb moment, but what we love even more is how quickly everyone’s eyes go directly to the stars of the show! What more could a couple want than custom lighting design that accents the décor while also naturally drawing all eyes to you? 

Edison bulb

Photography: Kat Ma Photography

Don’t even get us started on the beautiful florals that add a lovely pop of color against our hanging wooden arbor and gilded geometric chandeliers. And the romantic vibes of the silky, textured drapery truly make the white sweetheart table come to life! Champagne uplighting is the perfect finishing touch to set the romantic stage here at Casa Real

Elegant Sweetheart Table

Photo of the Month: Elegant Sweetheart Table

An elegant sweetheart table of your dreams: White roses, greenery, and our iconic rustic Edison beam chandelier. With a satin backdrop to make all the details of your big day pop, you’re bound to achieve the look of your dreams! The rustic aesthetic from the chandelier and a pop of industrial with the edison bulbs ties this space together perfectly

Elegant Sweetheart Table

Our rustic Edison beam chandelier fits every style — dress it up with florals and greenery (as seen here!), drapery swag, or leave it bare for a simple, classy look. Add some candles to the scene for the icing on the cake! 

Cheers to Ashley Maxwell Photography for capturing every inch of the beauty!

Delford West Flowers

Karl R Eckel, Delford West Flowers {Creative Partner Spotlight}

Floral arrangements can make an event space come to life with the right florist. Lucky for you, we got to interview the very talented owner of Delford West Flowers, Karl R. Eckel!

He’s got an extraordinary eye for design, but we’ll let him tell you more about himself!

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

I was brought into the event industry on a recommendation from my uncle, a friend needed a part time driver for a flower shop. It was during high school and I was in the work study program and was able to attain credits with a part time job. After working there for two years, I wanted to own my own business and decided on a flower shop.

What do you love about your job?

I love my job because it is always changing and evolving, from the business aspect as well as the clients. I knew that I was not a person to work in an office with set hours. Even though we sell wedding flowers, I feel we are helping people fulfill the dreams of their perfect wedding, no matter how big or small.

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

The best tip I can give to engaged couples is to have the wedding they want; the only people they should please are themselves.

Who doesn’t want the best of the best bringing their space to life?! If you’re looking for a fantastic florist in Livermore, Delford West Flowers can hook you up. Check out their floral eye candy at @delfordwestflowers while you’re at it!

 

Vendor Credits –

Venue: Palm Event Center in the Vineyard
Wedding Coordinator: Ybarra Events
Videographer: Toast Wedding Films
Florist: Delford West Flowers
DJ: DJ Jeremy Productions
Hair & Makeup Artist: Styles By Ann
Wedding Dress: Novella Bridal Boutique
Tux: Generation Tux
Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services
Megan + Tyler's First Dance

Palm Event Center Wedding | Megan + Tyler

We are so excited to showcase the beautiful celebration of Megan and Tyler on the blog today! We love working with Palm Event Center, but we love it all the more when we get to celebrate an amazing couple like Megan and Tyler.

Fun fact: Megan is part of the Fantasy Sound family and a much-loved member of the Livermore wedding industry, so you know we had to throw down for her!

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Megan and Tyler found the perfect balance between elegant boho and all the fun! 

Megan + Tyler’s First Dance

Our favorite wood-bead chandeliers paired beautifully with overflowing floral arrangements (shoutout to Nicole Ha Design!) truly brought this wedding reception to life. 

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The beauty is in the details — and that is no different on Megan and Tyler’s big day! Their gorgeous wedding cake and captivating floral arrangements tie together all the decor perfectly. 

Boho Wedding at the Palm Event Center

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Palm Event Center provides stunning views all over the venue for countless photo ops — as you can see! 

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We always love the opportunity to work with such amazing creatives and vendors to make special wedding days like this happen! Thanks to all of our event partners who made Megan and Tyler’s big day a reality!

Photographer: Corinna Rose Photography | @corinnarosephoto

Lighting, DJ, Video, Photo Booth: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents

Florist: Nicole Ha Design | @nicolehadesign

Rentals: Pleasanton Rentals | @pleasantonrentals

Hair and makeup: Status Salon | @statussalonagency

Grooms hair: Livermore Barber Shop | @livermorebarbershop

Venue: Palm Event Center in the Vineyard | @palmeventcenter

Dress: J’aime Bridal | @jaimebridal

Tux: The Black Tux | @theblacktux

Glittery Chandelier

Photo of the Month – Glittery Chandelier

Enchanting evenings and beautiful receptions cannot happen without the help from our stunning chandeliers! A night dancing under the stars without the worry of weather is easily achieved with this breathtaking centerpiece light fixture. 

Glittery Chandelier

From the gorgeous centerpiece chandelier to the glittering backdrop, that dreamy feel is effortlessly achieved. They may have their eyes locked together, but all other eyes are on the happy couple as they slide across the floor for their first dance. This stunning photograph was captured by Leo Pham Photography and perfectly showcases the breathtaking scene. 

Photography Credit: Leo Pham Photography

pleasanton wedding partyslate

Bria + Ryan’s Pleasanton Wedding Featured on PartySlate

Be still our hearts! We were thrilled to see Bria and Ryan’s gorgeous Casa Real wedding featured on PartySlate in all of its glory.

Now, the photos below are just a glimpse of the reception. But wait until you see the romantic ceremony setup and the stunning outdoor lounge space! The combination of draping, greenery, candlelight, and plush furniture is truly a scene to behold.

Oh, and did we mention the nacho bar decked out with all the fixings? It was the perfect match to Bria and Ryan’s two signature cocktails: negronis and margaritas. If that doesn’t sound like a party to remember, we don’t know what does.

Guests were truly treated to an inviting celebration of the newlyweds, complete with a bottle of red wine to take home!

See the full feature on PartySlate here!

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Most importantly, we’d like to recognized the incredible team of creative partners that helped bring this beautiful wedding to life:

Wedding Planner: Amazae Events

Photography: Ashley Maxwell Photography

Venue: Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery

Floral Design: Bloomster’s

DJ: AVL Entertainment

Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen

Rentals: Theoni CollectionBright Event RentalsPleasanton Event Rentals

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | Enhanced Lighting & Audio Visual

Stationery: Ji Kim Designs

Videography: Featherstone Films

Cake: Cake Creations by Bev

holiday event

4 Clever Holiday Event Décor Ideas

The holiday season is upon us! This is the perfect time to celebrate and create wonderful memories that you and your loved ones will remember fondly for years to come. If you’re planning a holiday event this time of year, make sure to bring the cheer! You can start by adding some decorative elements and embellishments to your venue to create a welcoming and festive vibe.

holiday event

Venue: Casa Real

Are you struggling to figure out how to decorate your holiday event? This blog post is perfect for you! Read on for tips and ideas to get your holiday event just right.

Wow your guests with interactive food stations

An excellent way to impress your guests is with carefully selected, interactive food stations. These can complement your traditional catering, plus you can jazz them up with thematic décor. The idea is to offer variety and interactivity by getting your guests involved as they prepare their own food or beverage.

Since the holiday season always calls for hot drinks, you can set up a bar where guests can make their own hot chocolate or peppermint coffee. And for eventgoers with a sweet tooth, you can prepare a buffet of holiday treats like sugar cookies, gingerbread biscuits, and cupcakes they can decorate before eating! 

Not only do these food stations offer guests a unique and fun experience, but they also encourage them to mingle.

Adorn your holiday event space with natural elements

A few pinecones, chestnuts, berries, and sprigs of greenery can add some flair to your holiday décor. By using natural elements, you are able to set a warm and cozy mood, and we all know that this is what the holidays are all about!

Have fun with holiday event signage

The signage at your event serves various functions. They can provide information, directions, and even reminders to your guests. But don’t forget to make sure they match your theme to tie the look of your holiday event together!

Consider alluding to Santa, the holidays, Christmas, Chanukah, or winter when crafting your signage. For instance, imagine calling an interactive food station, the Elf-Service Station (Get it? Self-service)! Or, you could add a touch of humor to your decor with “better not pout” tabletop signs. 

These are just a few fun ideas to get your creative juices flowing, but the possibilities are endless!

Place some hanging string lights

If you’re going for a winter wonderland feel for your holiday event, try hanging some ice blue, bright white, or warm white string lights to create the perfect ambiance. You can also opt to buy string lights with a snowflake design. With the proper lighting, you are sure to keep things merry and bright!

Regardless of how you decorate your holiday event, remember to strive for a consistent and cohesive look for your event. Choose a theme and matching color palette, then stick to them. Happy holidays!

Photo of the Day: Celestial Beauty

We have stars in our eyes for this stunning celestial-themed wedding! Love you to the moon and back? Sure, but it should be more like “love you to the galaxies and beyond.”

This gorg design features our geometric drop chandeliers, geometric diamond chandeliers, white wall palette, a sweet gobo wash, and beautiful earth tone florals. Above all, the minimal vibe pairs beautifully with the celestial-themed seating chart hanging amidst all the blooms. *swoon*

Colored Lighting: How to Do it Right

Colored lighting is one of the best ways to elevate your wedding. It can set the mood for your ceremony, and help transition your teary-eyed guests to the reception for a time of intimacy and fun! 

Whether you choose gobos, uplights, spotlights, or other elements, colored lighting will complement the decor, making it feel more luxurious and well planned around your venue. But, when it comes to colored lighting, there is such a thing as too much. Less is more!

Why choose colored lighting for your wedding?

Choosing a lighting design that meshes with your color palette adds dimension to your event and ties everything together with a neat bow. It has a way of highlighting your wedding space and amping up the dramatic effect — perfect for wowing your guests! #JawDrop

When picking your go-to shades, there are a few ways to play around with them. Say your color palette is pink and white. You can have fun with those colors in your lighting design as-is, or you can select hues that complement them — like champagne, gold, or even a bold shade of raspberry.

Before making your final choice, be sure to consider your venue’s existing lighting during the time of day for your event. Speak to your lighting and A/V team to confirm that your desired look will be possible given the setting. For example, it might be hard to achieve a deep, intimate feel in a space with floor-to-ceiling windows for a midday brunch! 

Evening events can typically accommodate all of your lighting expectations, with colored effects creating a natural ambiance that is perfect for soft and moody photos. 

What to avoid with colored lighting

We’re big fans of color. Everybody appreciates the splendor of a big and bold rainbow. But when it comes to your wedding, there is such a thing as too much!

Avoid going overboard with colors — both in the numbers of shades you choose and in the number of areas you use them. Overdoing it with color or mismatching your shades can spoil your perfect design. 

Don’t be afraid to experiment with color, but that’s not an excuse to go rogue! Form your vision and take it to your lighting professional — they will be ready to help you bring it to life without going too far.

How to get your lighting design right

So, how do you get your lighting just right? Keep it simple! Using soft, matchable colors like champagne, blush, and amber, ensures that you can mesh them beautifully with any color palette. On the other hand, try to avoid the louder colors of the rainbow, like orange or red, which can make the space feel too busy. 

And, of course, hiring a professional lighting company is the best way to ensure your vision comes to life with the taste and elegance you deserve! There’s no need to compromise your dream, so let the experts take over and accent the right areas with the right hues to make a statement.

At the end of the day, colored lighting is all about enhancing the venue’s aesthetic and tying it into your wedding theme. If you are going to look perfect on your big day, shouldn’t your venue do the same? Go ahead and add the color — but be mindful of how it fits in with your design. Like everything else in life, balance is key!

Event Services Showcase

Save the Date: Event Services Showcase

That’s right — our Event Services Showcase is back and we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome you back! We missed connecting with our couples face-to-face, so we’re eager to meet and greet all of you wonderful engaged folks.

Event Services Showcase

When you attend our Event Services Showcase, you’ll get to meet the Fantasy Sound team and learn more about all of the services we provide to fulfill your event vision.

The next Event Services Showcase is on Wednesday, September 1st. We’re hosting three sessions:

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

You’ll be able to try out our photo booth, see our lighting fixtures in action, and ask us all of the questions floating around your head. We’re here for you! Grab your spot by RSVPing today.

Prefer a one-on-one meeting or need to connect with us before September? Let’s make it happen! We are available for personal consultations from Tuesday through Friday between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Saturdays between 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. We also have appointments available on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Get in touch with us to schedule your consulation.

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Product Spotlight: Crystal Beaded Chandelier

Today, we’re shining the light on one of our customer favorites: the Crystal Beaded Chandelier!

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Pictured at: Casa Real

This stunning event lighting choice comes in several sizes. The photos above showcase three of our crystal beaded chandeliers: 12×12, 9×9, and 6×6. Talk about a dazzling effect! *swoon*

This beauty makes a splash over the dance floor, cocktail hour space, or wherever you need to make a statement. Since we have several sizes, you can get as creative as you’d like with your lighting design. Guests will love feeling like crystals are raining down on them!

Bonus points for pairing these hanging chandeliers with lush greenery and florals that tie in your event theme — like these, that are just dripping in white and green foliage!

Interested in having our crystal beaded chandelier at your wedding or special event? Get in touch today!

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Photo of the Week: Crystal Beaded Chandelier

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Without a doubt, the couple is the main attraction of the wedding. In order for the memory of such a spectacular day to last forever, the “shot” has to get captured. With every photo, there should be an eye-catching focal point.  In some cases, it’s a sunset with beautiful orange hues. In other cases, it’s a gorgeous chandelier that makes it rain over a pair of newlyweds!

The chandelier pictured is made up of:
– 12×12 crystal beaded chandelier
– 9×9 crystal beaded chandelier
– 6×6 crystal beaded chandelier

It is the perfect centerpiece to amp up the luxury at a wedding. Time stops when it feels like you are dancing under sparkling stars or glittering raindrops.  And, of course, the custom monogram gobo is the fairy dust that lightly glazes over the dance floor tying all ideas into one: Love

Ask about our crystal chandeliers today!

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Venues: Outdoor vs. Indoor – Which is better?

Planning a wedding is hard.  That’s a no-brainer.  All of the emotions and ideas have a way of creating chaos like no other.  This is the event where everything matters — all the big and small details. One of the hardest decisions you’ll face is researching venues and selecting the one that will bring your dream wedding to life. 

Should it be indoors with high ceilings, A/C, heat, and soaring windows?  Or, should Mother Nature be the backdrop for your wedding photos and as you stand at the altar and exchange vows?  

With all the pros and cons for both, weighing out potential venues can be difficult.  Luckily, we’ve compiled a handful of tips to help you make the best decision for your big day.  After all, choosing your venue can feel like half the battle has been won!  (Well, almost.)

Let’s get right into things.

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Outdoor Events: Pros

2020 has undoubtedly changed the way we do many things, like picking a venue. A major perk of outdoor weddings is that they are lower-risk due to the open-air setting.  Social distancing is easier to manage when you have acres of real estate with an uncompromised view of the altar!  

However, there are many other reasons to celebrate love in the great outdoors.  Imagine a backdrop of lush greenery, mountains, or ocean waves kissing the sand as you say, “I do!”  Plus, the decor can be simple!  Verdant green fields complemented by floral-filled gardens or the contrast of blue water against soft sand can serve as decor that complements your big day.  Natural beauty wins!  

Psst, don’t forget about natural lighting — it is unmatched for stunning wedding photos!  Or, plan for the perfect sunset picture with your partner that is bar none. Cue the heart eyes!   

 

Outdoor Events: Cons

Mother Nature, as beautiful as she is, is an untameable force.  Your beautiful, natural backdrop comes with a chance of rain or strong winds that can ruin hairstyles, cause wardrobe malfunctions, or compromise the venue decor.  Heat, humidity, pollen, or creepy crawler friends can also bring some discomfort to you and your guest.

Outdoor venues also require more contingency plans. Consider these questions before selecting your outdoor venue:

  • Where do you and your guests go if it rains?  
  • Is there a cost to the “plan B” location?  
  • Can guests wear heels?  
  • Will your centerpiece hold against strong gusts of winds?  
  • How well will your buttercream wedding cake hold against the heat?  
  • Will your caterers be able to keep the food at the right temperature?  
  • Are there any permits or restrictions (including noise ordinances) that are required?  
  • Is there enough power for entertainment equipment?   
  • Will you need to rent canopies, tables, chairs, and linens, flatware to place the sound system and possibly portable restrooms and generators?  

As you can see, there is a lot to think about when celebrating in the great outdoors. But, for most who choose outdoor venues, being one with nature is well worth the extra considerations!

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Indoor Events: Pros

Undeniably, the best thing about an indoor wedding venue is CONTROL.  There is a sense of confidence knowing that weather will not be as big of an issue with indoor wedding venues.  There is freedom when climate control is a guarantee!  

Logistics will be easier for the guests, caterers, coordinators, and the army of event pros that’ll make your wedding dreams come true.  Most venues provide the basics of tables, chairs, and even linens. Still, at a bare minimum, you can rest assured that the venue comes fully equipped with power outlets, bathrooms, and a kitchen area — features that you won’t typically find outdoors. 

Indoor venues also tend to be more handicap accessible.  Whatever cake you choose, the frosting will hold up — so go for the buttercream icing!  Plus, you don’t have to worry about whether food will be stored at the proper temperature. Get fancy and serve that charcuterie board, confidently knowing that it will hold up throughout your entire event! 

 

Indoor Events: Cons

Keep in mind, though, that indoor venues come with their own set of nuances.  There are possible decor restrictions. Maybe the rustic, candlelit look cannot be fully executed because your barn venue doesn’t allow fire due to the hazard. Other venues may not let you hang anything from the ceilings, so you will need to adhere and work around their established look.

You will also need to consider if the venue holds your number of guests.  With limited space available, cutting down the guest list can get hard.  Do your guests get a good view from any place that they are sitting?  Will artificial lighting be used?  Lighting for the perfect photos can be a challenge, especially if the venue is dim and there are not enough windows to let the natural lighting in. Fortunately, you can book a lighting company to come in and solve that problem!  

Ultimately, it is your big day and what you envision is what matters most.  With every decision, make sure to weigh out your pros and cons — all the details matter, from the season to the time of the day.  Before signing on the dotted line, read all the details and fine print.  Ask all the questions — they are never in vain!

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Photo of the Week: Boho Chic

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The beauty of a boho chic wedding is in its airy, natural earth tones that accent the bride and groom. Its distinct, soft color palette sets a romantic feel that knits nature, harmony, and love into one. Though the decor is minimal for a boho chic celebration, our quintessential wood bead chandelier will bring your wedding together like pages from an enchanted woodland book. Get in touch to add it to your upcoming event.

Photo of the Week

You know we love when our Rustic Edison Beam Chandeliers get dressed up in florals, but they’re just as pretty on their own too!

Photo of the Week

Did you know that we now offer custom neon signs?! We love this one that lives in our office, and we would love to design one for your event too!

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Sneak peek alert! Tyler Vu sent over this shot of our Arbor from Romance in the Vineyards…we can’t wait to see the rest of the images!

Photo of the Week

This photo from Ashley and David’s Casa Real wedding leaves us absolutely speechless! A huge thank you to KDW Photos for sharing their images with us!

Photo of the Week

We’re always suckers for a great first dance, and this shot from Sarah and Kevin’s vintage glam wedding is incredible! Huge thanks to Vicen Forns Photography for capturing this moment!

 

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Cannabis Content & Media Photographer Jennifer Skog

Jenny and Chris’ February wedding was absolutely breathtaking and we can’t stop swooning as we review the pics! Jennifer Skog captured their first dance beautifully and Nicole Ha really knocked it out of the park with the florals!

Photo of the Week

So excited and thankful to share that we were selected as a finalist in the Lighting Designer of Excellence category of the WIPA Awards of Excellence! Stay tuned to find out if we will go back to back as winners!

Photo of the Week

We absolutely adore this photo of Alice and Joe that was captured by Junshien Photography! We had a ton of fun working with them to discover a way to bring the starry night sky indoors!

Casa Amore 2017

These vendor showcases are a labor of love, as we started working with our design teams months ago to bring our ideas to life. We were lucky enough to share our spaces with some amazing creative partners, who were all inspiring and such a joy to work with, so be sure to check them out!

Enchantment Floral
Nicole Ha Design
Delford West Flowers
Pleasanton Rentals
Napa Valley Linens
Swoon Custom Chalk
JK Design
Sweetface Design

We haven’t received any of the professional photos yet, but we wanted to share some of our favorite looks from the evening that we captured ourselves!

We were so excited to unveil our Statue LOVE Letters! Standing 8′ tall, they’re an amazing statement piece and they would be so much fun for photographs. We will be offering these letters in both the dark wood seen here and white! Nicole Ha Design always outdoes herself, and this year was no different! Our 9′ Round Crystal Beaded Chandelier is always stunning, but adding in the 20′ long Crystal Beaded Column, 5 Light Crystal Chandeliers, and greenery on the top takes it over the edge! We wanted to create a twist on our 12’x12′ Beaded Crystal Chandelier, so say hello to our Fabric Chandelier! Adding the GOBO patterns and 25 Light Crystal Chandelier will help create a stunning focal point over your dance floor! This may have been one of the smallest vignettes…but it was certainly one of our favorites! Our Black Velour Drapery and Edison Bulbs add to the autumnal dream Nicole Ha created! We loved getting the opportunity to collaborate with Liz of Enchantment Floral in this whimsical vignette! Our 16 Light Crystal Chandeliers complement the design so well! 

Our brand new 12′ Arbor is a really exciting addition to our inventory! It’s totally versatile and can be used in many different ways alongside our other items, like our Edison Bulbs and Geometric Chandeliers, but we especially love the look that Karl of Delford West created with the greenery!