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thao and luis

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.

christmas tree with lights holidays in livermore valley

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 

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. 

 

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

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

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 

 

drapery plam event center

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! 

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

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

 

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!    

Women's hand with engagement ring

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 

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 
chandelier

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 

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 

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!

Rachel and Leo Casa Real Wedding

Casa Real Events Wedding | Rachel and Leo

Today, we’re celebrating Rachel and Leo tying the knot at Casa Real. A beautiful day of smiles, their wedding featured their love for music and each other. Every unique detail highlighted the couple’s personality. Here’s a peek at their special day!

 Rachel and Leo Casa Real Wedding

Casa Real’s courtyard creates an intimate outdoor ceremony. The white flower petals scattered along the aisle, rustic barrels, and wedding arch with hanging greenery are some of our favorite elements of this outdoor space. 

Rachel and Leo Livermore, California Wedding

Check out this fun vinyl seating chart for the reception party! Before guests find their seats, they must look for their designated artist. From Frank Sinatra to Kendrick Lamar, the couple chose a diverse music catalog. 

As for the reception, the crystal-beaded chandelier takes the spotlight. But the sweetheart table is also showstopping with a rich wood backdrop and custom neon sign.

The couple then takes to the dance floor to share their first dance. They conclude with a final dip, leaving smiles on everyone’s faces. 

Join us in congratulating Rachel and Leo! Sending best wishes for your next chapter together.

Rachel and Leo real livermore wedding

We want to acknowledge our creative partners for delivering a stunning event for Rachel and Leo

Photography: Julia Rose Photography | @julia_rosephotography

Venue: Casa Real Events | @casarealevents

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents

Wedding DJ

7 Qualities to Look For in Your Wedding DJ

Your dream wedding is becoming a reality — now all you have to do is select the right entertainment! To start the process, consider your event’s style and feel. For instance, do you want your guests on the dance floor or casually mingling with drinks? A clear understanding of your vibe will help navigate your search.

In addition, consider the type of experience you want with your vendors. Chances are, you’re looking for a positive and seamless experience, which boils down to hiring someone who matches your energy.

If you’re ready to kickstart your talent search but need assistance, keep reading to discover seven qualities to look for in a great wedding DJ!  

Wedding DJ

Excellent listening skills

It’s your special day, and you want it to reflect your personality and relationship. But achieving this soundscape is challenging when your DJ doesn’t consider your feedback. Instead, an exceptional entertainer listens to your ideas and offers tips to blend your playlists with your vision. 

As you and your partner interview contenders, see if they will listen to your theme and song ideas before providing their suggestions. After all, they’re supporting your main event, so they must be on the same page as you. 

An open collaborator

Bringing your celebration to life requires collaboration. You’ll want to hire someone who incorporates your ideas while bringing their own style to the mix. Ask if they take song requests and allow couples to make their own playlists. They’ll make a great addition to your team if they’re flexible.

It’s also telling if they ask questions to ensure your vision and songs align. Everything will come together with your music input and your DJ’s expertise. 

A complementary style   

Once you determine your wedding’s style, finding a DJ who pairs well with it is the next step. We recommend going with a pro with a unique flair and the ability to merge the two styles together. That way, you avoid clashing music choices and songs that fall flat at the reception.

Inquire about their style and how they can enhance your wedding vision. Then, you can have a transparent conversation, brainstorm playlist ideas, and share the general ambiance you want to create.   

Entertainment experience 

Professional experience means your DJ knows what they’re doing. Remember, they will be the MC of your reception, guiding your timeline, so you’ll want an expert who can provide smooth transitions from first dances to your final sign-off. 

An experienced DJ can read the room and switch up the playlist if necessary. Their experience also ensures they engage your guests and make it a memorable night. As you meet candidates, check to see if they have relevant experience to execute your dream wedding. 

Experience with your venue

While not mandatory, hiring a DJ that knows your venue is beneficial, as they are familiar with the layout and best areas to set up. They also have a professional relationship with your event space giving them insight into the preparation process and how to set your celebration up for success.

Try asking your reception hall for recommendations. They likely have a preferred list of vendors who can make your day even more magical. The referral will also provide more peace of mind leading to your “I dos.”  

Accommodating and easy to work with

With your hands full, you’ll want to hire an entertainer who offers a hassle-free experience by taking the initiative and accommodating your requests. As you look for the perfect DJ, ask about their process from start to finish. This preview will show how they work and help you decide if it aligns with your needs.

Now, you don’t want someone too easygoing, because they may not attend to the smaller details. Instead, opt for a meticulous, organized pro offering a laidbackexperience.

Positive attitude 

As the MC, your DJ should exude positivity and confidence throughout the preparation process and execution of your event. Their optimism and energy will provide assurance during a hectic planning time. While chatting with your contenders, reflect on how you and your partner feel around them. What’s your first impression? How did they make you feel? If they come across as welcoming, you may have found your winner.

Are you ready to book your wedding DJ?

Now that you know what qualities to look for in your entertainment, it’s time to research and familiarize yourselves with the local talent. This process may be time-consuming, but finding the perfect match for your once-in-a-lifetime celebration is worth it. 

You’ll also want to create a list of questions and explore reviews online. But most importantly, enjoy the planning experience. You’re doing this to honor your love, so have fun and make the most of it.  

If you’re searching for a Livermore wedding DJ, we’re happy to help. Get in touch with us today to connect with one of our talented DJs for your special day!  

Palm Event Center Real Wedding

Palm Event Center | Jamila + Jordan

Today, we’re celebrating the union of Jamila + Jordan. Their Palm Event Center wedding perfectly blended rustic charm with natural elements. But the real showstopper was the couple. One peek at their special day, and you’ll be smiling from ear to ear!

Palm Event Center Real Wedding

Here, we see the soft color palette with the grayish hue from the bridesmaids’ dresses and the navy blue from the groomsmen’s suits. And we can’t forget the stunning scenery — the Italian cypress and palm trees on the grounds are gorgeous.   

The outdoor ceremony looks like a scene from a fairytale with rustic wine barrels, petite floral arrangements, and a green vineyard backdrop. 

As the ceremony commences, there isn’t a dry eye in the house!   

In the reception space, the rustic themes continue. We love the hanging greenery featuring our Edison bulbs and long farmhouse tables. The tablescapes are also lovely with their white roses and gold utensils. 

Finally, the couple makes a memorable and grand entrance to their reception party. After the formalities, they join everyone on the dance floor and have the time of their lives.  

Join us in congratulating Jamila and Jordan! We hope your next chapter is full of laughter and adventures. 

We want to thank our creative partners for contributing to this magical experience. 

Photography: Amanda Wei Photo | @amandaweiphoto  

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @FSESevents

Venue: Palm Event Center | @palmeventcenter

 

Casa Real Events Wedding | Yuming + Shilpen

Today, we’re featuring a Casa Real Events Wedding with the lovely couple, Yuming + Shilpen.  Their special day was full of smiles, rich colors, and cultural details that tied everything together. Here’s a glimpse of their celebration! 

Casa Real Wedding Venue Livermore

The outdoor ceremony scene delivers elegance with champagne curtains, white roses, and lush greenery. Yuming and Shilpen walk down the aisle with their families as the ceremony begins.

Casa Real Events Wedding | Yuming + Shilpen

After the formalities, the couple can’t contain their joy. Their smiles are contagious! 

The reception hall at Casa Real is grand, with a navy blue and white color palette and sheer swag. Yuming and Shilpen’s sweetheart table is showstopping, from the dazzling tablecloth to the garland and rich blue curtains. In the words of Taylor Swift, this sweetheart table makes “the whole place shimmer.” 

Casa Real Wedding, Livermore Wedding

Casa Real Events Wedding | Yuming + Shilpen

It’s time to bring out the tissues for the speeches. The parents kick off the toasts with a tender message before the first dance. Then, it’s finally time to let loose and dance the night away!     

Let’s raise a toast to this lovely couple. It was an honor to bring your vision to life!  

Thank you to our creative partners for elevating this celebration!

Wedding Venue: Casa Real Events | @casarealevents 

Photographer: Katherine Bree Walker Photography | @breewalkerphotography

Henna Artist: hennacreationzsd@gmail.com | @hennacreationzsd

Florist/Rentals: Dazzling Streaks Events | @dazzlingstreaksevents

Catering: IDK Eatz | @idkeatz 

DJ: Norcalent DJ | @djmanny  

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents

Suit: Armani | @giorgioarmani

Sherwani: Ismail Farid | @ismailfaridpk

Chinese Wedding Outfit: Designed by Yuming 

 

Palm Event Center | Katie and Kevin

Today, we’re featuring Katie and Kevin’s beautiful Palm Event Center wedding. Their special day exudes elegance with a simplistic color palette and stunning floral arrangements. Here’s a glimpse of their celebration!

While Kevin and his groomsmen keep it classy with the tuxes, the bridesmaid’s dresses deliver a rich dusty rose color. It adds a nice contrast to the white and green color scheme.  

Palm Event Center

Before the ceremony begins, the couple shares an intimate moment with their first looks. Kevin’s surprised face says it all!  

Palm Event Center

The ceremony scene is ready with flowy curtains and an overhang of greenery and white roses. With clear skies and green vineyards, this couple has a vibrant backdrop for their “I dos.” 

As we enter the reception party, every detail is enchanting, from the strings of lights cascading from the middle of the room to the classic chandeliers and sheer white curtain (a nice nod to the ceremony!). In addition, the sweetheart table surrounded by white floral arrangements is stunning. 

Palm Event Center Wedding Palm Event Center

Taking center stage, Katie and Kevin share their first dance beneath the dazzling chandeliers. Of course, there’s no better way to conclude an epic dance than with a dip.

Let’s raise a toast to Katie and Kevin! Sending best wishes for your future together. 

Palm Event Center

Thank you to our creative partners for delivering an unforgettable wedding!

Photography: Jihan Cerda 

Venue: Palm Event Center 

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services 

Garden at Heather Farms

Garden at Heather Farms Wedding | Brie and Ying

Today, we’re highlighting Brie and Ying’s Garden at Heather Farms wedding. This celebration was incredibly romantic, from the beautiful scenery to the tasteful accents of color. We can’t wait for you to see their special day!

Garden at Heather Farms Garden at Heather Farms

The gazebo, surrounded by greenery and flowers, creates a fairytale-like ambiance for the ceremony. The natural elements complement the setting perfectly.  

Garden at Heather Farms

Garden at Heather Farms

Garden at Heather Farms

As we move to the reception, we see the couple’s rich color palette from the wedding cake. The white roses pair especially well with the deep blues.  

Garden at Heather Farms Wedding

This simplistic scene is light and airy, with white ceiling swag, flowy curtains, and centerpieces featuring blue accents. We love how the big windows and skylight allow natural light to pour into the room.   

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It’s speech time! The guests gather to hear a sentimental toast from the couple before they share their first dance. Like Brie, we’re smiling from ear to ear. 

Garden at Heather Farms Wedding

Garden at Heather Farms Wedding

Join us in celebrating newlyweds Brie and Ying! May your next chapter be filled with love, laughter, and adventure.  

Garden at Heather Farms Wedding

We appreciate the talented creative partners who made this Garden at Heather Farms wedding memorable! 

Venue: Garden at Heather Farms | @gardenshf

Photography: Diana Ascarrunz Photography | @dianascarrunz

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents

 

Palm Event Center | Laiz and Ben

Palm Event Center | Laiz and Ben

Today, we’re showcasing Laiz and Ben’s classic Palm Event Center wedding. With light and airy elements, this event is an elegant dream. Here’s a glimpse into their timeless celebration!

Palm Event Center | Laiz and Ben

Palm Event Center | Laiz and Ben

The simplistic welcome sign paired with white roses sets the tone for a romantic affair. We love how the wine barrels and exquisite floral arrangements perfectly frame the couple. 

Palm Event Center | Laiz and Ben

Palm Event Center | Laiz and Ben

As we transition to the reception party, the space captivates guests with its ceiling swag, classic chandeliers, grand floral centerpieces, and wall of wine barrels.   

There isn’t a dry eye in the house between the heartfelt speeches and the first dance! Don’t mind us – we’re just reaching for some tissues. 

Join us in congratulating Laiz and Ben! It was a pleasure bringing your fairytale vision to life. 

A special thanks to our creative partners for infusing magic into this wedding.

Venue: Palm Event Center 

Photography: Augie Chang 

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services 

Palm Event Center | Matt and Josie

Palm Event Center | Matt and Josie

Today, we’re showcasing a Palm Event Center wedding as we celebrate Matt and Josie’s union! The rustic and minimalistic elements allow the couple to shine on their special day. Here’s a glimpse of their countryside celebration.

Palm Event Center | Matt and Josie

Palm Event Center | Matt and Josie

It’s all smiles as the bride and groom line up with their entourage. The Italian cypress, tall shrubs, and rich lawn bring out the gray hue in their outfits.  

Palm Event Center | Matt and Josie

The lush vineyard and California hills are the perfect backdrops for exchanging vows. The couple shares their first kiss under the rustic altar and simplistic floral arch. 

Palm Event Center | Matt and Josie

Palm Event Center Ceremony

As we transition to the reception party, Palm Event Center delivers a warm and inviting atmosphere. Candles surround the sweetheart table for a romantic touch, while the wine barrels and wooden backdrop featuring the couple’s initials create a farmhouse aesthetic. Plus, we can’t forget about the Edison bulbs. It gives the space a chic industrial vibe. 

Palm Event Center | Matt and Josie

 

Palm Event Center | Matt and Josie

Palm Event Center | Matt and Josie

And the award for our favorite moment goes to Matt and Josie’s first dance! There’s nothing more romantic than a couple getting lost in each other’s eyes as the music carries them away.  

Palm Event Center | Matt and Josie

Join us in congratulating this beautiful duo. Cheers to you, Matt and Josie!   

Palm Event Center | Matt and Josie

We want to acknowledge our creative partners for crafting this showstopping celebration.  

Photography: Adam J. Clark Photography | @ajclarkphoto

Venue: Palm Event Center | @palmeventcenter

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents

Casa Real Events | Bionca and Navid

Today, we’re highlighting a romantic Casa Real wedding that took our breath away. Bionca and Navid’s celebration features pastel florals, elegant décor, and rustic themes for the ultimate fairytale dream. Keep reading to see how we brought their vision to life!

Casa Real Events | Bionca and Navid

Before the ceremony begins, Bionca and Navid pose with their bridesmaids and groomsmen. The pink dresses and ties showcase the wedding’s beautiful blush color palette. 

Casa Real Events | Bionca and Navid

Casa Real Events | Bionca and Navid

The morning isn’t complete without a first look in the garden. What a sweet moment!

Casa Real Events | Bionca and Navid

 

Casa Real Events | Bionca and Navid

As we move to the courtyard, we are captivated by the romantic scene. Everything is stunning, from the cobblestone aisle to the overhanging greenery and white floral arrangements.

Casa Real Wedding Ceremony

Casa Real Wedding Ceremony

While the couple shares their vows, we can’t help but admire their ceremonial table. The white flowers, classic candlesticks, and elegant vases create a rich atmosphere. 

The magic is in the details. Look at the pink flowers hanging from the wooden beams and the modern geometric light fixtures! The long farmhouse tables paired with the Edison bulbs and floral chandeliers are just gorgeous.

Casa Real wedding reception

Casa Real wedding reception

Casa Real wedding reception

Here comes the bride and groom, making a memorable entrance in their toy car! This is one of our favorite ‘Just Married’ moments.

Cue the lights because it’s time for their first dance. Bionca and Navid are in their own world as they sway beneath the hanging bulbs and florals.

Join us in toasting this lovely couple! Sending best wishes for your next chapter together. 

Thank you to our creative partners for bringing Bionca and Navid’s wedding vision to life and making it an unforgettable day.

Photography: Kat Ma Photography | @katma_photography

Venue: Casa Real Events | @casarealevents

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents

Casa Real Wedding | Eden and Christopher

Today, we’re showcasing Eden and Christopher’s fairytale Casa Real wedding. Their celebration features statement pastel florals and soft, airy elements. It was a dream to bring their wedding vision to life!

What’s more warm and inviting than a fireplace? The ceremony is ready to begin with a floral arch hugging the fireplace and simple mason jars on the mantel. 

After the formalities, the couple raises their hands in excitement. Finally, they’re ready to start their life together. But first, it’s time to celebrate!

 

Casa Real Wedding Ceremony

Are you ready to be taken to another world? Because the pink flowers hanging among the dazzling crystals is pure magic. Make your way to the guests’ tables, where you’ll see floating floral fixtures with purples, pinks, and whites. It gives class and elegance.     

Casa Real Wedding Reception Casa Real Wedding

Beneath the sparkling chandelier and hanging florals, the couple starts the reception party with their first dance. Then Christopher and his groomsmen get down on the dancefloor for a spectacular show.

Look at the couple’s smiles as they get carried by the crowds. It’s a moment they’ll never forget!

Please join us in celebrating this lovely duo. Cheers to Eden and Christopher!

We want to take a moment to acknowledge our creative partners who delivered a stunning Casal Real wedding.

Photography: Allison Upchurch | @mrsallisonupchurch

Venue: Casa Real Events | @casarealevents

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents

Palm Event Center | Caroline and Jonas

Today, we’re highlighting Caroline and Jonas’ rustic Palm Event Center wedding. Each detail made a statement, from the picturesque vineyards to the white floral arrangements (as well as the couple!). Here’s a glimpse of their special day!

Palm Event Center Wedding Couple

The lovebirds capture a moment in front of the vineyard and its pink flowers. Between the stunning views, the sunset, and the couple, everything catches our eye! 

Palm Event Center Wedding Party

Green is always a beautiful color choice. From the bridesmaids’ dresses and groomsmen’s ties to the lush grass, we love how the shades of green complement each other. 

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Palm Event Center wedding ceremony

If you think the welcome sign is charming, you have to see the outdoor ceremony space. With petals lining the aisle and white roses cascading from the arch, it’s a dreamy sight!  

Palm Event Center Wedding Details

The rustic theme shines. Did we mention the greenery chandeliers? The plant aesthetic breathes life into this space.

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Beyond the showstopping décor, Caroline and Jonas’ guests can enjoy Connect 4 and dice games.      

Palm Event Center Wedding Signature Cocktails

The personalized drinks provide a fun glimpse into their relationship. Does anyone else want to sample the menu?

Caroline and Jonas wedding Palm Event Center

Join us in congratulating newlyweds Caroline and Jonas! Sending you best wishes for your next chapter.

We’d also like to extend our gratitude to our creative partners!

Photography: Lauren Feddersen Photography | @_lfedphoto

Venue: Palm Event Center | @palmeventcenter

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents

Floral Design: LC Floral Design | @lc_floral

Planning & Design: Lindsay Lauren Events | @lindsaylaurenevents

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7 Valentine’s Day Surprises for Your Fiancé(e)

Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day just around the corner! Now that you’re engaged, there’s no better time to shower your fiancé(e) with love. While you can go with the classic approach and buy chocolates and flowers, consider making this year extra special by adding a personal touch to your gifts. There are plenty of creative ideas, but if you need assistance, here are seven Valentine’s Day surprises that will sweep your fiancé(e) off their feet!

Valentine's Day

Engraved jewelry 

There’s nothing more charming than a custom present, like engraved jewelry. So go beyond a beautiful bracelet or necklace and get it engraved with your partner’s name. It’s a small yet powerful symbol, exuding love and attention to detail. Whether you select a golden charm, rose gold bracelet, or silver necklace, your significant other will appreciate the thought you put into it. 

Mrs. box

Is a wedding in the works? If so, consider ordering a Mrs. Box, a gorgeous, custom ring box for your special someone. You can select the style, size, color, and a personal monogram. This gift is an excellent way to make your engagement stand out and add a pinch of personality to your Valentine’s Day present. Your partner will cherish every detail, from your heartfelt speech to the beautiful ring box presentation. 

Ring dish

When it comes to smaller items, like rings, it’s nice to have a home base for them. That’s where the ring dish comes in. This stunning piece is the perfect place for valuables and keepsakes. Complete with metallic gold accents, these porcelain plates are a beautiful addition to a recipient’s home. For safekeeping, your partner can place them near the sink or nightstand. As the saying goes, “A place of everything and everything in its place.” 

Coordinates print 

Is there a location marking a memorable moment in your relationship? Besides framing a picture of you two at a special spot, consider ordering a custom coordinates print. This present is chic, easy, and thoughtful, designed on museum-graded paper with high resolution. If you need some destination ideas, you can choose the restaurant where you had your first date or a trip you went on together.  

Story of us illustration

Take a walk down memory lane with a personalized timeline of your relationship. A Story of Us illustration offers a fun glimpse into your journey and the memories you’ve made so far. You can select milestone icons and customize the text to go with them. Feel free to get creative and design an unforgettable Valentine’s Day gift for your fiancé(e)!

Custom bow tie or tie

For fancy engagements (or your wedding), you can make your partner stand out with a custom-printed tie or bow tie. Knotty Tie manufactures its products in the USA from recycled fabric and offers 500 different colors, three styles, and a diverse catalog of patterns. So whether you’re choosing a tie to match your wedding color palette or adding a unique item to your significant other’s closet, this quirky gift will make them smile.          

Custom monogram socks

You can never go wrong with custom socks. If your partner doesn’t have their initials on their socks, it’s time to change that. Consider selecting a sleek and modern style or opt for a fun pattern. The beauty of this gift is the option for a single pair or a box. You also receive an assortment of CleanKnit, textured, core, and patterns when you order a package. Once you’ve picked your top styles, include the initials to complete the gift.    

Go above and beyond this year

As you prepare for Valentine’s Day, bookmark this post and surprise your fiancé(e) with a memorable present, symbolizing your love and appreciation for them. It will be the perfect treat before you tie the knot!

Plus, you can always use this list for future reference to continue the magic for more Valentine’s Days to come.

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4 Things Newly Engaged Couples Forget

Wedding planning can often feel like cramming for an exam. You’re working through to-do lists and hoping you cover everything. But when it comes to planning your special day, it’s normal to forget simple details, like setting a budget. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. Here are four essential steps to remember as you and your partner make your way to the altar! 

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Purchase insurance for your new ring

Not a fan of travel insurance? You may want to reconsider when it comes to your engagement ring. Your ring is valuable, costing thousands of dollars. It also has sentimental value, so you don’t want to risk losing it, especially if you need to get it resized. 

For financial protection in the case of damage, loss, or theft, it’s wise to invest in engagement ring insurance. Many insurance policies include replacement, repair, and reimbursement options. So you can rest assured knowing your ring is protected no matter the circumstances. Make sure to add this to your to-do list before you forget!  

Create a budget and guest list BEFORE looking at venues

Everyone recommends reserving a wedding venue in advance to secure your date (especially since they’re in demand!). And while this step is a must, don’t make the mistake of booking without knowing the specifics of your celebration. When you tour wedding venues without a budget or guest count in mind, you risk investing in a spot that doesn’t fulfill your wedding needs. 

Instead, set aside time with your partner to establish a budget to avoid missteps. A spending plan will ensure you’re intentional with your funds and provide a ballpark figure for your dream venue. Of course, you also want a guest count, so your venue can adequately accommodate everyone. 

Before you finalize your venue, remember to start with the basics to ensure everything falls into place.

Hire a planner

Many couples attempt to juggle everything without a wedding planner or hire a month-of coordinator closer to the wedding. But the true value comes from having a professional guide you throughout the process. A wedding coordinator can help you create a budget, navigate family dynamics, find the perfect venue, hire vendors, and more. So rather than spreading yourself thin, consider bringing a professional on board to take care of all the details. Remember, you and your partner should enjoy your engagement too. A wedding planner will allow you to ease into your celebration. 

Enjoy the newly engaged bliss

Excited to get the ball rolling, many couples dive headfirst into planning by creating Pinterest boards and researching vendors. But once the wedding day comes along, you’ll be married for life. You only get engaged once, so remember to be present and live it up! Whether you host an engagement party or buy a “future Mrs.” mug, cherish this time.

Wedding planning is an adventure, but you don’t have to bear the responsibilities and endless to-do lists alone. Instead, you can depend on your partner, wedding planner, and support network to make the most of your engagement experience. 

Which of these tips are you adding to your list? Share this post with your partner, so you can kick off your wedding plans on the right foot and enjoy the journey!   

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Lighting Design: Why You Need the Wedding Pros

Many factors contribute to a successful wedding, from the décor to the timeline. However, one of the most critical elements (that’s often overlooked!) is the lighting. Lighting design is instrumental for weddings, especially if you invest in a nice venue and décor. Your lights can affect the ambiance, mood, and guest experience. 

Attempting to DIY this element by only using overhead lighting can make everything look stuffy and low-quality. It also puts additional pressure on you. After all, you should be enjoying your day!   

So while you could settle for what’s included with the venue or create your own lighting, bringing a professional lighting designer on board allows you to achieve the picture-perfect experience you’ve always imagined. 

Risks of DIY Wedding Lighting Design   

Recently, DIY weddings have gained popularity, and while they can be cost-effective, they can also be overwhelming. When it comes to your wedding day, your focus should be on making memories with those you love – not climbing ladders to hang up string lights. Also, keep in mind many venues do not allow renters to set up until the morning of their big day.

Between getting ready, communicating with your wedding party, and maintaining a seamless flow of events, you don’t have much time to spare for a pre-celebration DIY project. Juggling too many tasks can also take away from your experience.  

In addition, DIYing your lights can result in poor execution and limitations. If you want your wedding to stand out with spectacular lighting, you need a professional who can guide you through the details, like selecting pin lights, gobo wash, or both. Opt to hire a lighting designer, so you can focus less on how your DIY lights look and more on celebrating your love.

 Perks of Hiring a Pro Lighting Designer 

Your lighting designer will likely have a relationship with your venue, allowing them to know where and how to affix lighting. Their experience will ensure your lights match the ambiance of your wedding vision. 

And as the mood changes, lighting adjustments may occur throughout the night. For instance, you may want to dim the lights on the dance floor after dinner or cast a patterned gobo during your grand entrance. For these special moments, your lighting designer can make the evening a truly stunning experience. 

Finally, you can say goodbye to DIY limitations because a professional can offer a diverse selection of lighting. That means you won’t be stuck with what you purchased at the craft store. For example, Fantasy Sound provides uplights, custom monograms, spotlights (perfect for your first dance), and much more! 

Invest in Your Wedding Vision 

When it comes to your wedding, you only get to experience the magic once. Your celebration is a significant financial investment, so rather than spending a small fortune on centerpieces and linens subject to low-quality lighting, opt to work with lighting design professionals who can bring a special spark to your event. 

Are you ready to get the perfect lighting for your big day? Reach out to us today to share your ideas and immerse your guests in an unforgettable experience.  

Elliston Vineyards | Marcia and Jeff

Today, we’re featuring a beautiful Elliston Vineyards wedding as we celebrate the union of Marcia and Jeff. It’s always a pleasure to collaborate with Elliston Vineyards and witness each couple’s unique vision come to life.

Elliston Vineyards Wedding

Before the ceremony begins, Marcia and Jeff surprise each other with a first look. They can’t hold back their smiles (and neither can we!). The stone exterior and grand castle entrance make for a romantic backdrop.

What a stunning arch! The lavender and pink flowers draped over the gazebo are enchanting. It’s the perfect place for the couple to share their vows.

As we arrive at the reception party, the sweetheart table gives us modern and rustic vibes with a green wall, custom neon signage, and simple floral centerpiece. 

The guest tables are just as stunning with the sea blue tablecloths and wine cork lights. 

It’s time to party! The couple takes centerstage as they share their first dance, followed up by cutting their cake. We wouldn’t object to a slice!

A major congratulations to Marcia and Jeff! Your special day was pure magic. 

We want to thank our creative partners for delivering such a gorgeous celebration. 

Photography: A Tale Ahead Photography | @ataleaheadphoto

Venue: Elliston Vineyards | @ellistonvineyards

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents