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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

Nayeli and Scott

Casa Real Wedding | Nayeli and Scott

Casa Real always shows us a great time, but it’s extra fun when the couple is a blast with a wonderful sense of humor. We got to spend some time with the beautiful couple on their stunning wedding day, and we are definitely the lucky ones!

Nayeli and Scott

This sweet couple radiated elegance and class throughout the entire day. Smiles all around all day long!

   Fantasy Sound Lighting   Casa Real Couple

The happy couple was surrounded by loved ones and stunning floral arrangements all day long. What really took our breath away was, of course, the gorgeous lighting that shone no matter where you were! 

Casa Real Late Night Snack Casa Real

The couple wasn’t the only thing here that was sweet. This adorable dessert table was a hit, and the decorations were top-notch and high-class! 

Casa Real Livermore Wedding

Happy tears and fanny packs are always the best way to spend the day. Nayeli and Scott had a wonderful support system on their wedding day, which only added to the fun!

Real Wedding in Livermore Casa Real Wedding

Between the magnificent sunset and the elegant string lights, Nayeli and Scott were illuminated in the perfect ways every moment of the day. Cheers to the happy couple!

Photography: Anna Hogan Photography | @annahoganphotography

Venue: Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery | @casarealevents

Rentals: Pleasanton Rentals | @pleasantonrentals

Lighting & Installation: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents

Florist: Bloomsters | @bloomsters

DJ: Rich Media Company | @richmediacompany

helpful wedding planning resources

Wedding Planning Roundup: Helpful Resources

Wedding planning shouldn’t be stressful! With a few tips, tricks, and support, the journey to the aisle can be fun, enjoyable, and stress-free. Lucky for you, we’ve done a little research for you!

Here are some helpful resource to guide you along the way.

Ten Wedding Things You May Hesitate Spending Money on (But Will Be Glad You Did) (Wedding Chicks)

You only plan your dream wedding once, so let’s be sure you get it right! Here are a few tips from the experts. Check it out!

Eight Wedding Shortcuts to Avoid (Brooklyn Bride)

It’s so easy to get planning fatigue and want to cut corners. Trust us, cutting corners will not make your life easier (or your wedding better)! Give this article a read, so you don’t cut the important corners. 

Seventy Best Processional Songs for Your Wedding Party (Brides)

Are you having trouble choosing the perfect processional song for your perfect wedding party? Let’s narrow that list down a bit and review some of the best!

Having a Small Wedding Party? How to Have the Awkward Conversation with Friends (Brides) 

No one likes feeling left out or having tough conversations, so this article is here to help you! Those talks don’t have to be hard; follow the tips in this post to make it an easy discussion.

Groom Duties: The Ultimate Groom Checklist (Brides) 

Even though it’s easy to joke that the groom has it easy, let’s help him out a bit, shall we? Here’s the list he needs in his hands for the big day. 

With a handful of helpful tips and a little bit of knowledge, your wedding planning won’t have to be stressful, and you can enjoy every step of the process!

Photo of the Month – Wooden Chandeliers

The perfect touches to your big day are in all the little details. However, these gorgeous chandeliers hardly feel like little details! Elegantly draped with wooden beads and encased with modern black iron, these stunning light fixtures fit so many beautiful styles. 

wooden chandeliers

This gorgeous photo is brought to life with the captivating floral arrangements done by Nicole Ha Design that add the perfect pop of color. The stunning scene sets the stage for the happy couple and all their loved ones to celebrate their big day with the perfect lighting shining down! 

Want these gorgeous chandeliers at your wedding? Get in touch with us!

Photographer: Corinna Rose Photography  

Lighting, DJ, Video, Photo Booth: Fantasy Sound Event Services

Florist: Nicole Ha Design

Rentals: Pleasanton Rentals

Venue: Palm Event Center in the Vineyard

Event Lighting Q&A

Lighting is critical to the success of your big day. You will want more than a few light switches controlling the look of your space, so it’s best to have a professional handle it! The last thing you want is to poor lighting reflecting in your pictures and videos of your big day after all the hard work you put into planning and preparing. After all, your pictures are the best way to carry the memories of your big day forever! 

Uplighting

Photography Credit: Ether & Smith

Q: Do I really need a lighting designer?

A: Yep – lighting design is what brings the rest of your wedding together! Even the most beautiful flowers won’t look so stunning under stuffy overhead lighting. An expert will ensure that your event space is well-lit while highlighting all of the amazing details.

Q: Do I need to have technical AND decorative lighting?

A: Yes! Technical and decorative lighting have very different purposes. While decorative lighting is intended to dress up your venue and add more dynamism to the space, technical lighting ensures everything is well-lit and functional. For instance, uplighting adds color to the room while spotlights highlight specific elements like the cake table or dance floor!

Event Lighting Q&A

Photography Credit: Ether & Smith

Q: How much can I expect to spend on event lighting?

That ultimately depends on how large your venue is, the size of your guest list, and your overall vision for the space. We recommend setting aside at least $1,500 in your budget, but your wedding planner and lighting designer can help you land on a more accurate estimate.

Q: When should I book a lighting designer for my wedding?

There is no such thing as too soon — especially with this year’s wedding boom! We suggest securing your wedding lighting contract shortly after booking your venue and wedding planner, as lighting will play a significant role in your planning process’s overall design and timeline.

While you might save a few dollars by nixing the lighting specialists, all the elements you invested time planning and putting together will suffer without a professional highlighting every last detail. 

Wondering if we’re the right fit for yor big day? Get in touch with us

The wedding of your dreams turns into a “night to remember” when all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the night under the stars — or is that just our stunning chandelier?

Creative Partner Jinger Lenoard-Norton

Jinger Leonard-Norton, The Flower House {Creative Partner Spotlight}

In this edition of the Creative Partner Spotlight, we’re thrilled to present The Flower House! We love interviewing local vendors and our friends at The Flower House are no different. 

So without further ado, allow us to introduce you to the owner, Jinger Leonard-Norton! 

Creative Partner Jinger Lenoard-Norton

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

Growing up I LOVED weddings, everything about them, and was planning on becoming a wedding planner. With the pressure of outside influences, I went into the corporate world for 15 years and hated everything about it. I did a lot of soul searching and turned toward my original passion. I took a chance and created Romantic Moments a wedding planning service. My company worked with The Flower House with a bride and began a relationship with the owner. Within a few months and lots of cocktails, I became the owner of The Flower House in October 2005. I knew nothing about flowers but what I loved was weddings and the designs became my true passion.

What do you love about your job?

I love helping brides articulate what their wedding will look like to reflect their personality. When the lightbulb goes off and then they can finally see what they have been struggling with. I also love a challenge and force myself to always look for new ways of creating a look. I also love working with my daughter Michaela. Having her to bounce ideas off of and having her support is what I call a beautiful blessing.

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

Trust your gut and stop overthinking things. I see my brides drive themselves crazy trying to make decisions. If you go with your gut feelings, get out of your head, and trust your vendor things will be fantastic and a true reflection of you. Also, change your linens!!!

Everyone needs a vendor who cares about them as much as Jinger cares about all of The Flower House’s clients. If you’re planning a wedding or simply love blooms, be sure to follow them at @theflowerhouse_ca!

Hopefully, you’re lucky enough to bump into Jinger, but if not, we hope you carry the words of wisdom with you as you plan your big day! 

 

Guided Tours to Add to Your Tri-Valley Wedding Weekend

What better way to get to know an area than a guided tour? Not only do they allow you to see a lot of an area quickly, but they offer an excellent bonding experience for your guests. And fortunately, there are plenty of guided tours in Livermore to add to your wedding weekend itinerary!

Tri-Valley Guided Tours

Here are a few of our favorites:

Livermore Segway Tour

Enjoy the vast hills and beautiful wine country without breaking a sweat! What better way to tour the valley and the wineries it offers than by segway?

Livermore Foodie Tour

Don’t let the name fool you; this tour may offer a fine dining experience, but you will also get to soak in history, culture, Livermore’s revitalized downtown and architecture, shops, and much more. And don’t worry about eating too much — this walking tour will ensure you get your steps in!

Lake Del Valle Scenic Boat Tour

Take a cruise and soak in all the beautiful views Lake Del Valle has to offer. Pick out your favorite spot to slow down and take a breath on this 90-minute cruise around the lake. 

Ravenswood Historic Site Tour

History and architecture lovers will swoon over this tour of one of Livermore Valley’s oldest estates. Check the dates and see if you can catch one of these free tours!

Black Tie Transportation Wine and Brew Tour

This tour screams high-class with luxury travel options and custom itineraries available for your choosing. By sampling a wide variety of wineries and breweries, you’ll learn exactly which ones you want to go back to for more!

There you have it – whether you’re a foodie looking for a delicious bit or it’s wine that wins your palate, there’s certainly a Livermore guided tour for you and your guests to enjoy!

 

Follow Us on Social Media

Planning a wedding? We’ve got all the inspiration you need over on the Fantasy Sound Instagram page! 

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The show-stopping lighting and gorgeous photos are enough to hit the follow button, but we’ve also got all the tips and tricks to make your wedding planning a breeze. Whether you’re looking for stunning pictures as inspiration or want to know the ins and outs to make your big day smooth sailing, we’ve got you covered!

Click here to follow us on social media!

wedding ceremony

Wedding Planning Roundup: 5 Helpful Resources

Getting engaged is such an exciting time in your life! The last thing you want is to feel overwhelmed by planning all of the fun. Lucky for you, we’ve gathered some helpful wedding planning resources to save you from the stress. 

Let’s get this party planning started!

2022 Wedding Trends (Martha Stewart Weddings)

Turns out destination weddings and micro weddings are here to stay this year. Looking for more wedding trends? You won’t want to miss this article! 

Is There a Specific Order I Should Follow When Hiring My Wedding Vendors? (Martha Stewart Weddings) 

Booking wedding vendors can feel like a lot of work — especially when you’re newly engaged! This article will help you build the perfect wedding dream team without the stress. 

Honoring Your Pets on Your Big Day (So This Is Love)

We’re big fans of seeing couples’ four-legged friends at their weddings! If it’s a priority to have your furry friend a part of your big day, make sure to read this article about honoring your pets at your wedding!  

Navigating Friends + Family the Week of your Wedding (Wedding Chicks)

Everyone is here to see YOU – which can end up feeling overwhelming in the days leading up to your big day. Check out this article for tips to simplify the week of your wedding while putting the guest experience first!

When You & Everybody Else You Know is Getting Married (Everyday Bride)

When the whole friend group is planning a wedding, things can get busy…and emotional. This article will help you all navigate the process with ease, so no feelings get hurt!

Just a few tips and planning the wedding of your dreams can be a breeze! Enjoy your time as an engaged couple and don’t sweat the small stuff. 

 

Summer Wedding Trends: 6 to Know in 2022

Who doesn’t love a beautiful summer wedding? There’s a reason it is the most popular time of year to get married! The warm weather, bright green grass, and flourishing landscape make for a gorgeous wedding day. 

Don’t even get us started on summer destination weddings. Hello, mini-vacation! Let’s make sure your summer wedding hits all the hot trends!

Over the last few years, there have been a lot of new and fun non-traditional traditions popping into the limelight. From ditching wedding parties to throwing a grand celebration following a micro-wedding, couples have found ways to personalize their big day to their liking. What a breath of fresh air! 

Here are a few summer wedding trends to know in 2022:

Intimate Wedding Ceremonies 

These have increased in popularity as people enjoy traditions filled with their close friends and family; no more, no less. Better yet, couples are discovering that their budgets can go much further when they can plan for a smaller guest list! 

Destination Weddings

Destination weddings are here to stay! With travel restrictions lifted, destination weddings are hitting everyone’s books. So if you’ve been bitten by the wanderlust bug, your dream wedding awaits! 

Minimalism & Simplicity

2022 summer wedding trends

Photography Credit: Anna Hogan Photography

If simple is the name of your game, you’ll be thrilled with this trend. Minimal decor and simple florals are popping up left and right. We all love simple, right? These stunning arrangements are everything in 2022!

Pastels

Photo Credit: Hazy Lane Studios

Pastels are back and, with these trendy colors, your summer wedding is sure to glow. Whether you’re at the beach, in the countryside, or looking for elegant ways to introduce color, pastels will be your best friend. 

Black-tie Affairs

Black-tie is in and we are here for it! Dressing to the nines is a hit this summer, so don’t be afraid of adding the words “black-tie affair” to your save-the-dates. 

Wedding Weekends

Why limit your big day to one evening? Wedding weekend experiences are keeping guests entertained this summer. This trend is growing in popularity as people reconnect with their loved ones, and one day simply isn’t enough. So, plan all your favorite events and live it up!

Looking to fill your Livermore wedding weekend itinerary? Check out our recent blog post!

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Channel your inner Holly Golightly – pearls and champagne towers have made their way back into the decor scene. So if you want a classy yet simple and elegant wedding day, think about including these to make your party pop!

Whether your big day is big or small, casual or formal, black-tie or pastel-filled, your summer wedding is sure to be a big hit! 

Photo of the Week: Romantic Wedding Vibes

Happy Friday – this week, we’re wrapping it up with some gorgeous, romantic wedding vibes!

Jenny and Chris’ wedding was truly one for the books. Between the rich florals adorning our rustic beam Edison chandelier and the geometric drop chandeliers peeking out, who wouldn’t want to dance the night away?

videography

Is Videography Worth the Cost?

Imagine you spend months (or even years) planning the wedding of your dream just for the day to be over in the blink of an eye. All the emotions, key memorable moments, dances (the flower girl was running down the aisle making everybody laugh!), all of it gone with the wind. Just think: If a picture can say a thousand words, how much more does a video that captures it all? Rest assured, videography is one thing you don’t want to exclude from your budget!

The truth is that couples barely remember anything from their wedding day. The whole day is a whirlwind, filled with things to do and people to talk to all day. 

With all of your time spent taking photos or greeting guests one by one, is it really possible to soak it in and remember it all? Everybody plays a vital role on your wedding day and videographers understand the role of telling the story of YOUR day, so you get a lifelong heirloom. 

Here’s what you get from videography services at your wedding:

 

You’ll see things you never saw.

Your videographer will not be glued to your hip like your photographer. While you’re busy getting the perfect sunset picture, your videographer is going to town, recording the special moments with the people celebrating your love with you. You’ll get to relive the moments all over again and see the little things that you missed while you were busy.

Your videographer will float throughout the event, capturing moments between guests, the dance floor, bouquet toss — you get the picture. They’ll get everything on camera!  With only two eyes, there is only so much you can see on your wedding day. A cherished video that captures the many angles of your day will let you appreciate your special day as often as you’d like.

 

You’ll have an extra set of hands on site.

Although videographers spend most of their time on-site shooting, they are readily available to support other vendors when they’re not. Like every person working at your wedding, a videographer knows it is all about you!

If an extra set of hands is needed to make your wedding perfect, they will jump in and help. Ultimately, if everything is marching to the beat of your tune, your video will be replaying the melody of your heart (cue in heart emojis!),

 

You’ll have memories for life.

Photos are lifelong keepsakes, but what are lights and cameras without some action? There’s nothing quite like footage that captures every step, every smile, and every kiss. Nothing beats hearing your vows in real-time, the crinkles on your nose during the wedding speech, or your uncle lighting up the dance floor. Now, imagine listening to your future grandchildren giggle at your inside jokes — isn’t that the sweetest sound?

With your big day coming and going so fast, holding onto every moment is challenging.. Your video will be the perfect evidence that your wedding day was as real and magical as your love. You don’t want to skip out on reliving your special day for all the years to come, trust! 

Interested in learning more about our videography services? Get in touch with us today!

Fantasy Sound on Special Events

We’re so proud to share that our owner, Kevin Dennis, was recently featured in an article on Special Events! We’re increasingly optimistic for the rest of 2021, and he was joined in expressing that optimism by 21 other event pros. Definitely a great read!

Happy 2021!

We made it! 2020 is finally in our rearview mirror, and we’re looking forward to a fresh start with 2021. We know that we’re not entirely out of the woods, but the sense of optimism in the air is incredibly inspiring.

We’re so hopeful that we will be back to creating magic for our couples at their intimate outdoor spring weddings. We’ve been busy in quarantine brainstorming ways to bring the feel of our most popular décor designs to these outdoor celebrations and we can’t wait to tell you about them. If you’re still in need of the perfect decor for your big day don’t hesitate to reach out! We’d love to chat with you and see how we can help bring your perfect wedding day to life. Our team is so excited to get back to work!

Merry Christmas!

All of us here at Fantasy Sound are sending you & yours the warmest holiday wishes and cheer! We hope you’re able to enjoy a safe and festive day with your loved ones!

Photo of the Week

Thanks to COVID this December has looked much different than our past Decembers. Typically we would be super busy with countless corporate holiday parties and wonderful winter weddings, but sadly that wasn’t our reality. Instead of moping around the office  we’ve found a way to stay busy- installing holiday lights!

This house was our first one for the season (we installed *right* after Halloween) and we’re so thankful to all of our clients for keeping us busy this month. We had a lot of fun this season and we see more holiday light installations in our future for years to come!

Fantasy Sound on Southwest Wed!

We were so honored to be featured in Southwest Wed’s recent article “Do’s and Don’t of Outdoor Weddings“! In today’s COVID world safety is everyone’s top priority, and having your celebration outdoors is the best way to keep your loved ones safe. You don’t want to miss out on these tips to make your outdoor celebration as successful as possible!

Fantasy Sound on Catersource!

Screenshot of Article

We were thrilled to see our monthly article on Catersource go live earlier this week! This month’s is focused on communication during times of crisis, which is so fitting in today’s world. Click here to check out the article and let us know what you think!

What Has Casey Hahn of Palm Event Center Been Doing in Quarantine?

This is a part of our Creative Partner Spotlight: Quarantine Edition series, where we show you what our creative partners from all around the Bay Area have been up to during quarantine. Today, we’re checking in with Casey Hahn of The Palm Event Center

What has been your favorite part about quarantine? All the additional puppy cuddles, time with my hubby, and getting creative in the kitchen! I’ve also been following all of the “quarantine trends” — I have yet to make banana bread or create geometric chalk art though! But my paint-by-number is really coming along!

What has been your least favorite part about quarantine? Not seeing family and friends, cancelled baseball games and two baby showers for my Godson and my first nephew has really been a bummer.

How have you been spending your time? Beside Netflix and chilling… taking lots of walks, committing to live online workouts, working on my tan in the backyard, and listening to music.

What are your favorite local restaurants to order take out from? Kawa Sushi is always my first go-to, but recently I’ve been craving some Taco Bell 😊

What have you been binge watching? Besides Tiger King, I’ve been Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Beverly Hills Housewives, and American Idols.

What are you looking forward to most when all of this is over? Looking at a different 4 walls! HA!

Have you celebrated a birthday or event during quarantine? How did you do it? Easter and my Sister-in-Law’s birthday were both celebrated by Zoom chats with family and ‘cheers’ from afar.

Have you learned any new skills during quarantine? I am looking forward to Rachel Hollis’ Rise Conference this weekend! It is all about leadership and understanding a growth mindset. As soon as my paint-by-number is done I am looking forward to getting started on more scratch art! It’s like scratching a lottery ticket, just with no money at the end and instead you are left with a cool picture.

Is there anything else you’d like to add? Looking forward to seeing all of our couples AND vendors when we can convene again!

Photo of the Week

Jasmine Lee Photography

We all could use a little extra LOVE right now…

We hope that you and your family are staying safe, sane, and healthy during this time! And please remember to wear your mask, because we are dying to get back to doing what we LOVE!

Real Wedding: Maria + Pat at Poppy Ridge Golf Course

We loved providing the Cranberry Drapery, GOBO Patterns, and 12 Light Crystal Chandeliers for Maria and Pat’s glitzy wedding at Poppy Ridge Golf Course! We love how much of a statement our chandeliers make in this space! The sumptuous florals were provided by The Flower House and Nightingale Photography was on hand to capture every special moment. Maria and Pat just celebrate their first anniversary, and we were so honored to be a part of their special day. Congratulations to the happy couple!

What Has Patricio Angulo of Oyé Productions Been Doing in Quarantine?

This is a part of our Creative Partner Spotlight: Quarantine Edition series, where we show you what our creative partners from all around the Bay Area have been up to during quarantine. Today, we’re checking in with Patricio Angulo of Oyé Productions

What has been your favorite part about quarantine? All the family time!

What has been your least favorite part about quarantine? All work cancelled for the foreseeable future, and the poorly executed SBA/EDD disaster of a system for financial aid.

How have you been spending your time? A mix of family time, major yard work (fallen tree and building a veggie garden), and re-hauling the office and music room. For the latter, I’m making it video friendly with pro audio gear and starting to build a recording music studio!

What are your favorite local restaurants to order take out from? We’ve been enjoying all home cooked meals!

What have you been binge watching? American Horror Story and Schitt’s Creek. Highly recommend both!

What are you looking forward to most when all of this is over? Playing live music for audiences- I miss it desperately!

Have you celebrated a birthday or event during quarantine? How did you do it? Not yet! Our birthdays are September through November, so we’ll see…hopefully we will be back to celebrating in person by then!

Have you learned any new skills during quarantine? Turning my black thumb into a green one! Once my studio is more functional, I will learn more about being a legit recording engineer. My other plan is to also start some major video editing work. Lots to keep busy with!

What Has Karey Ronnow of Hazy Lane Photography Been Doing in Quarantine?

This is a part of our Creative Partner Spotlight: Quarantine Edition series, where we show you what our creative partners from all around the Bay Area have been up to during quarantine. Today, we’re checking in with Karey Ronnow of Hazy Lane Studios

What has been your favorite part about quarantine? Baking and making fresh pasta! Both require time, which I’ve got quite a bit of these days!

What has been your least favorite part about quarantine? Postponements of weddings – makes me so sad for my couples. I’m happier when I’m working.

How have you been spending your time? Helping my kids and my students (teacher here too) navigate distance learning. We’ve also watched all of the Marvel movies in chronological order.

What are your favorite local restaurants to order take out from? Sauced. Peasant and the Pear. Mexxis. Pizza Bello. No chains! Only family owned businesses with big tips!

What have you been binge watching? Marvel Movies! Tiger King! Better Call Saul! Ozark!

What are you looking forward to most when all of this is over? WORKING! I’m a big introvert-extrovert. I LOVE being home, but I love being social (in limited quantities of course).

Have you learned any new skills during quarantine? Nope! All the time in the world, but no time for that! LOL My girls (9 and 12) are learning to play the guitar though, so it’s been fun to experience that through them.

Is there anything else you’d like to add? I just want to go to Disneyland!

What Has Kara Andrews of Casa Real Been Doing in Quarantine?

This is a part of our Creative Partner Spotlight: Quarantine Edition series, where we show you what our creative partners from all around the Bay Area have been up to during quarantine. Today, we’re checking in with Kara Andrews of Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery

What has been your favorite part about quarantine? Enjoying lunch every day with my husband and son.

What has been your least favorite part about quarantine? Not seeing family and friends…I sure miss those cocktail hours!

How have you been spending your time? Remotely working and helping my Kindergartener navigate online schooling. A huge shoutout to all of the teachers out there!

What are your favorite local restaurants to order take out from? Taqueria la Mexicana

What have you been binge watching? Schitt’s Creek and Ozark

What are you looking forward to most when all of this is over? Drinking and eating out with family and friends; traveling; socializing!! You name it and I’m looking forward to it!

Have you celebrated a birthday or event during quarantine? How did you do it? For my brother-in-law’s birthday, the family did a Zoom meeting cocktail hour to celebrate. For once, we were not allowed to talk over one another!

Photo of the Week

We’re getting all the whimsical spring vibes from this decorated arbor 😍 Wishing we could be out there creating magic like this for our couples, but hopefully we will be back out there soon!

What Has Tylar Delegeane of Tylar Delegeane Photography Been Doing in Quarantine?

This is a part of our Creative Partner Spotlight: Quarantine Edition series, where we show you what our creative partners from all around the Bay Area have been up to during quarantine. Today, we’re checking in with Tylar Delegeane of Tylar Delegeane Photography

What has been your favorite part about quarantine? I’ve been loving the time I’ve spent with my husband and our pets! We have a dog, six cats and eight chickens (a small farm, I know) so it’s been so great to spend quality time with them.

What has been your least favorite part about quarantine? I really miss working and seeing my family. I miss being outside and photographing all of my wonderful couples, laughing with them and hearing their stories. Social distancing is so tough!

How have you been spending your time? I’ve been cooking a lot more, working in our garden, reading my (very large) pile of books and coloring! I haven’t thought about coloring since I was a little girl, it’s so much fun and so relaxing.

What are your favorite local restaurants to order take out from? We live in San Leandro – home of some of the best taquerias – so we’ve been loving supporting our favorites including Los Pericos, Guadalajara Market and Tacos el Gordo!

What have you been binge watching? Friends and Gilmore Girls – hands down. All day, every day.

What are you looking forward to most when all of this is over? I can’t WAIT to photograph a wedding! I miss all of my couples so much and my heart hurts for them through all of these postponements. It’s been rough, but it’ll be so sweet when we can all celebrate again.

Have you celebrated a birthday or event during quarantine? How did you do it? I haven’t personally, but I love seeing all of the sweet birthday parades that others are posting about on social media. It always brings a smile to my face!

Have you learned any new skills during quarantine? ….does figuring out exactly how long to cook the perfect chocolate chip cookie count? Ha!

What Has Joie Thongsavath of Simple Joie Photography Been Doing In Quarantine?

This is a part of our Creative Partner Spotlight: Quarantine Edition series, where we show you what our creative partners from all around the Bay Area have been up to during quarantine. Today, we’re checking in with Joie Thongsavath of Simple Joie Photography

What has been your favorite part about quarantine? Being able to connect with people I have not been able to because of “work”.

What has been your least favorite part about quarantine? Not being able to take long drives to no where.

How have you been spending your time? Working on submissions to publications, backend website things, and creating content!

What are your favorite local restaurants to order take out from? New York Pizza in Pleasanton. Yum!

What have you been binge watching? Locke and Key

What are you looking forward to most when all of this is over? Shooting weddings again (or shooting anything for that matter!)

Have you celebrated a birthday or event during quarantine? How did you do it? My husband turned 40 and we baked him a cake.

Have you learned any new skills during quarantine? I learned to sew!

Is there anything else you’d like to add? It’s weird to observe the community slowing down but oddly satisfying to know that pollution has gone down.

What Has Jinger Leonard-Norton of The Flower House Been Doing in Quarantine?

This is a part of our Creative Partner Spotlight: Quarantine Edition series, where we show you what our creative partners from all around the Bay Area have been up to during quarantine. Today, we’re checking in with Jinger Leonard-Norton of The Flower House

What has been your favorite part about quarantine? I have my children home with me! I would be pretty upset if I knew I could not take care of them. I have been having fun connecting to my daughter more than just business. I am also excited as I have wanted to remodel my back yard for 10 years and we made it a family project. We took out two trees, fixed the sprinklers in the lawn, and are building raised planter boxes to grow my own vegetables. I am not sure how it is going to go as I am not the best gardener!

What has been your least favorite part about quarantine? I struggle with the gym! That is really the only thing that is frustrating as I was working out so hard and dieting for my wedding… then I stopped. The weight is pouring on and feel horrible but mentally challenged about working out by myself, no music, etc… And I miss going out to dinner and alone time with my new husband Barry.

How have you been spending your time? I am feeling really blessed to have the time to work on my business. Updating the website, our brochure, organizing our photos, creating templates, resetting a lot of items for work. I have also participated in every educational webinar available. So thrilled about learning items to make me rethink a few things and reinvent and pivot my business. Remodeling the backyard, walking the dogs and cooking a million meals. I have also become a great bartender!

What are your favorite local restaurants to order take out from? We have 5 adults in the house, so I have been mainly cooking to keep costs down. We have splurged on Strings, Strizzies, Brunos, Anitas.

What have you been binge watching? All American, Tiger King, Love is Blind, and Disney Fairytale Weddings

Have you learned any new skills during quarantine? Michaela and I have discovered Tik Tok! I have always worried what people thought of me and this silly app has helped me realize that I want to have fun, create memories with my daughter, and show my clients and vendors I know how to laugh at myself and not take everything so seriously. I guess I am relaxing as I mature!

Have you celebrated a birthday or event during quarantine? How did you do it? My daughter’s fiancée Connor celebrated his birthday on April 11, we surprised him with a Flemings steak dinner, baked a cake and at 8 pm a surprised Zoom call with all of his family and friends to sing Happy Birthday and finished off with a fire pit and cocktails. He was extremely emotional, and said it was one of the birthdays ever!

What are you looking forward to most when all of this is over? I really love my job, creating beautiful things, pushing my limits and having work for my employees that I love so much. Going out to dinner and our Sunday Brunches, wine tasing, lunch with my girlfriends, I love taking care of me, so hair and nails are the first things that will happen.

Is there anything else you’d like to add? I am appreciative of the opportunity to rest, reset and prioritize my life. As I am dying to get back to work, I know I will not go back to the same way as I lived it so for that I say Thank You.

What Has Ann Ogden of Wente Vineyards Been Doing in Quarantine?

This is a part of our Creative Partner Spotlight: Quarantine Edition series, where we show you what our creative partners from all around the Bay Area have been up to during quarantine. Today, we’re checking in with Ann Ogden of Wente Vineyards

What has been your favorite part about quarantine? My favorite part has been getting out in nature more. I was enjoying cooking at first but now I am ready to go out to a restaurant!

What has been your least favorite part about quarantine?My son is a senior and watching him miss out on so many experiences has been heartbreaking.

How have you been spending your time? Well…I have stripped and stained my deck (something I’ll never do again), cooking, taken my dog on more walks and hikes than imaginable, touched up all the walls with paint, and power washed everything possible.

What are your favorite local restaurants to order take out from? We have been ordering from our favorite Japanese restaurant Meiko.

What have you been binge watching? Embarrassing but Love is Blind and Too Hot to Handle

What are you looking forward to most when all of this is over? Seeing friends and family in a normal setting

Have you celebrated a birthday or event during quarantine? How did you do it? Not yet but my husband’s is coming up on the 5th. Don’t think he would be down with the whole parade thing, so I’ll need to come up with something!

Have you learned any new skills during quarantine? Staining a deck and dog grooming 🙂