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5 Wedding Themes for Your Big Day

As an engaged couple, one of the most crucial decisions you’ll have to make while planning your big day is your theme. There are a number of creative wedding themes to choose one, so it’s about finding one that fits you and your partner’s tastes! It should incorporate elements that truly reflect who you are as a couple and as individuals, while at the same time pleasing your guests and leaving them awed.

Try to decide on one as early as possible as it sets the tone for the entire event! It determines your wedding colors, the style of the wedding attire, the food you’ll serve, and so on. 

If you’re struggling to figure out how your special day should look, we’ve rounded up some of the top wedding themes you can use and get those creative juices flowing. Ready to be inspired? Read on!  

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Rustic wedding theme

If you and your partner are fans of nature and the great outdoors, you might want to celebrate the most important day of your lives with a rustic wedding theme! Think natural wood, earthy blooms, burlap, wine barrels, naked cakes, and floral hoops. You can go for an organic, down-to-earth style, or evoke a more ethereal, fairytale vibe.  

Travel wedding theme

Do you love traveling? How about sharing your passion with your wedding guests? You can start with passport-inspired wedding invitations and add more travel touches to your stylings. Think vintage-style postcards as table numbers, globes as centerpieces, paper planes as escort cards—the possibilities are endless! For a more personal touch, you can also bring in decorations that remind you of an important trip you took together or a destination that holds memories for you as a couple.

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Traditional wedding theme

Couples who want a timeless aesthetic usually go for a traditional wedding theme. These are perfect if you want a clean and elegant aesthetic. Classic styling such as white blooms, light-colored linens, posh seating, and subtle décor are typically prominent in the wedding venue. Banquet halls, hotel ballrooms, golf and country clubs, and private estates work well for this tried and tested wedding theme.  

Vintage wedding theme

Vintage weddings are always a fun, nostalgic way to celebrate the beginning of a couple’s new life together! This theme takes inspiration from yesteryear by incorporating antique-looking decor into the wedding venue, such as old suitcases, antique cameras, and book stacks. For entertainment, they usually pick out songs from their favorite era for the DJ or band to play. Couples can also cap off the celebration by driving away in a cute vintage car, like an old Volkswagen or Porsche.

bohemian wedding themes

Bohemian wedding theme

Boho weddings appeal to laid-back couples and may be confused for rustic weddings. However, a boho wedding incorporates more whimsical and eclectic elements into the event, such as mismatched chairs, punchy floral arrangements, macrame accents, oriental rugs, dream catchers, and the like.

While bohemian-themed weddings are typically held in outdoor venues such as gardens and beaches, casual venues such as barns and industrial spaces can be transformed to achieve this quirky yet lovely style. Just take a look at the fun design at Palm Event Center above!

 

Remember that wedding themes should speak to both you and your partner’s interests and personalities. All of your wedding details should complement each other—just like the two of you. Happy brainstorming!

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New Press: Catering Foodservice & Events

The holiday season is upon us, which means it’s time to start planning those holiday celebrations! Kevin’s latest feature in Catering Foodservice & Events Magazine is getting us in the spirit for decorating.

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In it, he encourages the mixing and matching of decor to keep things interesting and add layers to a design:

“It’s a common misconception that everything has to match seamlessly,” says Kevin Dennis, owner of Fantasy Sound Event Services and a certified event planner. “In fact, serving cocktails in vintage glassware or mixing metallics with charging plates is perfect for adding dimension!”

To read the latest issue, subscribe to Catering Foodservice & Events Magazine for free!

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New Press: Goodshuffle Pro

New week, new press! This time, Kevin chimed in on Goodshuffle Pro in a roundup about employee retention in the special events industry. As any business owner knows, our teams are our most valuable assets!

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Here’s a glimpse at what Kevin had to share:

“If there’s anything I learned during the height of 2020, it’s that I couldn’t have pushed through without my team. […] Employees are much more likely to stick with you when you give them the respect and consideration they deserve.”

Read the full feature on Goodshuffle Pro here!

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Anie + Jason | Casa Real Wedding

The Fantasy Sound team has been busy at work with this year’s wedding boom and we’re so delighted to be back doing what we love most: giving couples the weddings of their dreams! So it was lovely working on Anie and Jason’s Casa Real wedding  — it was a sweet reminder of the beauty of love, romance, and togetherness. Scroll down for a peek at their big day!

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Alongside bountiful blooms, champagne uplighting and creamy drapery softened the ceremony space at Casa Real for the perfect setting to say “I do.” In addition, we love how the elaborate ceremony arch played double duty at the sweetheart table during the reception!

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Gorgeous florals from Wish Social Events, our much-loved crystal chandelier, and a couple who loves a good time certainly made this Casa Real wedding a celebration for the books!

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We hope you enjoyed our trip down memory lane with the happy couple!

Congratulations to Anie and Jason! Cheers to happily ever after!


Above all, thank you to all of our creative partners for bringing this beautiful Casa Real wedding to life!

Venue: Casa Real Events
Coordinator: Alyssa Hickerson, Beets Hospitality Group
Photography: De Joy Photography
Florist: Wish Social Events
Rentals: Pleasanton Rentals
Video: Lens of Lenox Videography
DJ: DJ Diko
Lighting/drapery: Fantasy Sound Event Services
Paper goods/Signage: Sweet and Crafty
Art/apparel/decor: Hye End Designs
Hair: Liezel Styles
Makeup: Antonia Cruz
Baker: Le Gâteau Elegant
Bridal Gown: BoLee Bridal Couture

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New Press: WeddingWire

Awesome seeing Kevin featured in this informative roundup on WeddingWire! He’s speaking about what to do if your ideal vendor isn’t available for your wedding date.

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We are in a wedding boom unlike ever before, so this insight is invaluable for couples planning their weddings in 2021, 2022, and beyond. Tune into WeddingWire for the full scoop!

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New Press: Elizabeth Anne Designs

New press alert! We’re delighted to see Kevin included in this fun roundup on Elizabeth Anne Designs about the wedding traditions to keep and the ones to let go!

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Kevin speaks to the freedom of limiting toasts at a wedding for the sake of the event timeline. Check out the full feature for more wedding tradition insights!

5 Considerations for Choosing an Emcee

When planning an event, most people focus on the food, venue, and entertainment. However, let’s not forget that the guests’ experience throughout the celebration is what they’ll remember most! If there’s one expense you shouldn’t skimp on, it’s hiring a professional DJ who can also serve as an effervescent emcee.

Choosing the right emcee not only ensures that everything stays on schedule, but that the crowd is engaged and enjoying themselves all night long!

Here are some valuable tips on what to look for when hiring an emcee:

 

Excellent delivery is key

You don’t want an emcee who mumbles to themself onstage. Instead, your emcee should be an effective communicator: someone who is able to project their voice, maintain eye contact and engage with your audience. And, of course, they should sound enthusiastic to keep the energy of the room high!

 

Choose a good listener

Nothing holds the attention of a crowd better than good banter. An emcee isn’t a keynote speaker; they should know how to listen to the audience and invite them to respond. So, remember to look for someone who is not only a good speaker but can also pick up on interesting dialogue opportunities. 

 

They should be prepared for anything and everything

Your emcee should have a clear understanding of the planned structure and itinerary of the event so they are ready to keep things flowing no matter what. There will be moments when they will need to improvise. During lulls in the program, like technical glitches or waiting for the next toast, they will have to work the crowd to maintain the energy. A good emcee also does research on the details of the event, like special audience members that need to be recognized during the program or the pronunciation of important names.

 

Find an emcee who is mindful of the time

One of the key responsibilities of an emcee is to ensure that the event starts and ends on time, which means they need excellent time management skills. If one segment goes on for longer or shorter than expected, they should be aware and be able to adapt as needed.

 

A great sense of humor is a must!

There’s nothing worse than a boring emcee! You want someone who can brighten up the room and keep the crowd engaged with funny anecdotes and jokes. Trust me, when you make sure your guests have a great time, they will remember the event for years to come.

 

And there you have it! We’ve rounded up five qualities to look out for when choosing an emcee. Remember: your emcee is one of your greatest assets. They can make or break your event, so choose wisely!

5 Safety Tips for Planning a Wedding During COVID

With weddings coming back, it’s important to remember that COVID isn’t quite behind us just yet. Yet, with vaccinations rising, masks worn, and social distancing in place, we can still party as safely as possible. Follow these five safety tips to ensure your guests’ health and safety are a top priority while planning a wedding during COVID.

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Featuring: Chiffon Drapery + Uplighting

Offer masks at the entrance

Masks — but make it fashion. Everyone feels differently about COVID risks, so it’s best to respect their comfort levels and provide them with the resources they need to feel safe. Consider offering wedding-themed masks to guests at the entrance for those who prefer to remain masked while out of their seats. Bonus: They’ll make for some fun, memorable photo ops!

 

Choose the right serving style

To prioritize health and safety, skip the buffets, lavish grab-and-go spreads, and family-style platters. Instead, opt for plated meals, food stations (with socially distanced lines!), and individual servings of dessert. Don’t forget to get creative! Think how excited guests will be to receive a sweet treat in a laser-engraved acrylic box or step up to have it handmade right in front of them.

 

Split up the floorplan

What’s better than a dance floor? Multiple dance floors! Breaking up the elements in your floor plan is a great way to let people mix and mingle at their own comfort level. With several smaller dance floors, lounge areas, and bars, guests won’t feel pressured to be in a crowd if they’re not feeling it. You’ll be able to float from spot to spot, taking in the unique vibes created throughout by your guests.

 

Set up sanitizing stations

One of the best ways to keep people safe is to include hand sanitizing stations throughout the event — particularly at any high-touch points, like at the entrance, at the bar, on the way to the dance floor, and just outside the restrooms. 

 

Get creative with signage

When you’re having a blast, it’s easy to forget about COVID precautions. Why not add some friendly reminders throughout? Have some fun with signage to remind guests about social distancing, point out the sanitizer station, and offer up masks for grabs. Everybody loves a good pun, so don’t be afraid to get cheeky!

 

Whether you’ve downsized your guest list or not, you can still have the party of your dreams. Just be sure to use these safety tips that you are building in ways to keep your guests comfortable and safe while planning a wedding during COVID.

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?

Photo of the Day: Sophisticated Minimalist

This beautiful minimalist design is proof that less can definitely be more! While we always appreciate a grand design bursting with blooms and other bold design elements, there is something special about a minimal design. It allows love to take center stage and create an intimate atmosphere for all to enjoy.

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We are big fans of Casa Real to begin with, so we know their space is lovely as-is. (Seriously, it’s the perfect blank slate to dress up!) But, can we take a moment to appreciate this glam minimalist vibe? Simply exquisite.

Oh, and let’s not miss that lovely white floral cake suspension staged with champagne uplighting! Color us speechless – but who needs words when you can convey meaning with a minimalist sophisticated look like this?

Between a crystal chandelier dripping overhead, luxurious white and cream lounge spaces, and chic gold candle arrangements, this sweet couple transformed the space into a romantic retreat made to celebrate their love. And, of course, there is no better way to seal the deal than with a kiss!

Cheers to customizing a space that is perfect for you and sweetheart to say “I do” and kick off your next chapter together on the right foot. Pop the bubbly!

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!

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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!

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Photo Credit: Adam’s Point of View

Don’t mind us…we’re just daydreaming of the day when we can create gorgeous weddings again! This was one of our favorites from earlier this year- we had such a blast with this unique drapery design. It added such a statement and went so well with the elegant floral chandelier created by Nicole Ha Designs!

What Has Janan Ali of The Club at Ruby Hill 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 Janan Ali of The Club at Ruby Hill

What has been your favorite part about quarantine? Spending quality time with my family has been a blessing! I have been savoring the additional hours I have, usually spent commuting, to enjoy the simple things in life. I am always running out the door to the next event on my calendar and to have the time to sit back and take a breath has been amazing, although tough to get used to. I have also been working on house projects and organizing things at home which would have never gotten done otherwise!

What has been your least favorite part about quarantine? I have always enjoyed filling my schedule with all kinds of activities and it has been tough to slow down and not be able to hang out with friends and spend time with my nieces who I adore! The fear of a hug or hand shake takes a toll on you after awhile. Working from home has also been an adjustment and I miss seeing my co workers and clients on a daily basis. I am big on traveling and it has been hard to cancel all the planned trips we had this year.

How have you been spending your time? I keep my sanity with the gym every morning! I am lucky enough to have a boyfriend with a gym in his garage so we have been keeping a strict workout schedule 5-6 days a week. He is my motivation and we have come to enjoy being workout partners! We were supposed to fly to Arizona in April for the annual 4.2 mile Pat’s Run for the Pat Tillman Foundation, when our trip was cancelled we did our own run instead! I have also been busy working with clients to navigate through this unknown time and trying to provide them with some sort of comfort and hope that their weddings and events will go on! It has been fulfilling to see the educational courses provided through WIPA and WeddingPro and how other vendors in our industry are handling the situation and creative ideas.

What are your favorite local restaurants to order take out from? I have been trying to cook more as I have always loved cooking but found it hard to find the time to do it. Learning new recipes and testing them out on the fam has been fun! Once a week I order from The Club at Ruby Hill as we have a fabulous To Go Menu weekly. Our culinary team creates family meals as well as drink specials. My favorite so far was the Taco Joint menu with delicious margaritas made by our one and only Membership Coordinator Camille. They really brighten up my week!

What have you been binge watching? Tiger King of course! Addicting and so very strange, you just can’t stop watching. Also, Ozark is a great one!

Have you celebrated a birthday or event during quarantine? How did you do it? My niece Lilyana’s 3rd birthday was on 4/6. Although her party was cancelled we tried our best to make her celebration special. We dropped off gifts at the house and she opened her presents and we sang Happy Birthday on Facetime. She didn’t quite understand why we couldn’t just come over!

What are you looking forward to most when all of this is over? Celebrating happy occasions with my clients is something I miss a great deal. Also, meeting up with friends and celebrating all the milestones in their lives. I LOVE to travel and hope to continue my bucket list of travel destinations.

Have you learned any new skills during quarantine? I have accomplished the Koala Challenge on Tik Tok which is not an easy task and I am currently learning how to paint a garage floor. I will let you know how it goes. Wish me luck!

What Has Cherie Marini of Pleasanton Rentals 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 Cherie Marini of Pleasanton Rentals

What has been your favorite part about quarantine? Finding that even though we’re apart, family and friends WANT to see each other….so I learned every video chat connecting platform I could haha

What has been your least favorite part about quarantine? I miss PEOPLE! Casual Starbucks hangout time, Target-browsing, Girls’ Nights Out have been suspended until further notice ::sob::

What are your favorite local restaurants to order take out from? Does Starbucks or Peets count as a Restaurant? If so, then them!

What have you been binge watching? The news….(I just admitted that)

What are you looking forward to most when all of this is over? Interacting with PEOPLE again and seeing -hopefully- smiles instead of masks 🙂

Have you learned any new skills during quarantine? Video chat… that is all I could handle lol

Have you celebrated a birthday or event during quarantine? How did you do it? I had the 5th anniversary of my 30th birthday JUST before the quarantine so I lucked out! The kid down the street from me turned 18 and there was a drive-by parade which was so nice!

How have you been spending your time? When I’m not working, I’m spending time with family/quarantine-mates, GETTING OUTSIDE IN NATURE everyday, puzzling, and 0.01% of my time is dedicated to all the organizing projects I swore I’d do in spare time

Is there anything else you’d like to add? Through all this, it’s been a great “faith in humanity restored” moment to see a lot of people still want to connect and they’ll go through any means to 🙂 FaceTimes, Zooms, etc. people genuinely WANT to see and check in with each other 🙂 Very promising as a vendor in the event/social industry where we center our business around people getting together, connecting and having a good time.

What Has Jill Victor of On The Vine Catering 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 Jill Victor of On the Vine Catering! 

What has been your favorite part about quarantine? It’s been pretty rough, but the lack of traffic has been quite the surprise perk!

What has been your least favorite part about quarantine? Having to furlough our team. We’re a family at On the Vine so having to do that was incredibly difficult.

What have you been binge watching? Ozark

Have you learned any new skills during quarantine? Canva and Avery Label Making. Getting my graphic design on!

What are your favorite local restaurants to order take out from? We love ordering from Posada! But did you also know that we’re providing pick up and heat menus here at On the Vine? Here’s some of our latest options!

What are you looking forward to most when all of this is over? Having a regular work schedule and welcoming our team back.

Is there anything else you’d like to add? I hope everyone is healthy and staying safe. If we all follow the guidelines maybe we can get back to normal quicker!

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 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 Jennifer Franklin of The Club at Ruby Hill 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 Jennifer Franklin of The Club at Ruby Hill

What has been your favorite part about quarantine? Spending more time with my family on weekends has been great. So many weekends are spent at events that this recharge is much needed.

What has been your least favorite part about quarantine? Not being able to come and go places as I please. With a crazy work schedule due to events, I try to find pockets of time. This has been the hardest because I enjoy outdoor hikes and beaches and many places are closed or are risky. Staying safe is top priority for me, my family, and for others.

How have you been spending your time? Soaking up webinars to stay better informed and continued education in the event industry. My favorite thus far has been from Rachel Sheerin, cause that girls always brings her A+ game. There was also a great one on Venues hosted by WeddingPro, which spoke specifically to my arena of expertise. Even with 20 years in the industry I can say nothing like this has rocked us so hard for what the new norm will be, so I want to make sure I am a leader in the pack instead of a follower.

What are your favorite local restaurants to order take out from? As a dining establishment ourselves and offering to go services, I order weekly from The Club at Ruby Hill. It a way to see the team and also support my company who is continuing to support me and also our community with the launch of GrubHub offerings too. The culinary team has a family coursed meal each week for $15-20 per person plus weekly specials on other food and drinks. Camille is our Ah-mazing club relations manager and also makes some fun and wonderful cocktail crafts to go!

What have you been binge watching? I’m really into time period series like The Last Kingdom, The Witcher, Outlander, The White & Spanish Princess. But I am currently fully caught up on all these and not sure what to watch next. I love movies and just watched 1917. It was a little bizarre because I only knew the era and actually watched it on April 6th, which unbeknownst to me was an important date in the film…was the universe telling me something?!

What are you looking forward to most when all of this is over? Reconnecting with clients, vendors, and having a new appreciation for the new sense of normalcy. I know we all want this but the new sense of normalcy is going to be an adjustment for most so I am trying to embrace this and think ahead of how these connections are best for others first then myself.

Have you celebrated a birthday or event during quarantine? How did you do it? Yes, my daughter’s half birthday was in April. We always do a small cake and video/sing the Very Merry Unbirthday Song from Alice and Wonderland. This year we did get her some new earrings, and we normally don’t do gifts for half birthdays, but why not put a extra smile on her face this year.

Have you learned any new skills during quarantine? Homeschooling my kids sounds simple enough, but asking a 3rd & 4th grader to go about their day as you and I do is tough. These are uncertain times and little ones have the same concerns we do but they lack the skills fully to express them. I try to spend time with each of them when I’m not on a call or video conference assisting with homework. Patience has been a great skill for this, but I am Italian so don’t get me wrong… there are moments!

Is there anything else you’d like to add? I have always enjoyed sharing my expertise with others. There has been a few times I have been a panel speaker or spoken at our own hosted events. This time has me thinking more and more about continuing this path/passion on a small scale and two topics have been on my mind. They keep me up at night, I brainstorm thoughts and phrases and doodle them down. Maybe this time will push me to pursue this with a blog or something. This is not self serving, as I have no interest to turn a profit from it, just to share what so many of my peers have helps me with over my 20 year career to share with others a little light and a few laughs with it. Stay tuned!

New Blog Series Coming Soon!

We’re so excited to be launching a new series on the blog- Creative Partner Spotlight: Quarantine Edition! We will be sharing what some of our favorite creative partners have been up to during quarantine, as well as some tips, tricks, and ideas for how to survive from our very own FSES crew during this unprecedented pandemic. Stay tuned for the first post in the series to go live later this week- it’s going to be a fun one!

Photo of the Week

Did you know that our Statue LOVE Letters also come in white?! We were so excited to unveil them at Romance in the Vineyards and we hope you love them as much as we do!

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We absolutely LOVE this photo from Mia and Jovo’s May wedding at Casa Real! Their wedding party performed a traditional dance for them and you can just tell that everyone is having an absolute blast. Thanks so much to Rhee Bevere for capturing the whole day, but especially this magical moment!

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Umm can we talk about this gorgeous first dance? We loved being a part of Marissa and Alex’s wedding day and our creative partner team certainly knocked it out of the park. Thanks to Green Vintage Photography for this super romantic shot!

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

 

Meet Jennifer Skog from Jennifer Skog Photography

This is a part of our Creative Collaboration series, where we introduce you to our creative partners from all around the Bay Area. Today, we’re introducing you to Jennifer Skog from Jennifer Skog Photography.

They are a boutique photography studio inspired by fashion & raw expression. In addition to weddings, they photograph fashion, lifestyle and incredible boudoir! Their photos evokes honesty, romance & seduction.

Fun Fact about them // They are siblings! Jen is the oldest, Rob shoots weddings with Jen, and their baby sister Lindsay is with PMA doing hair and makeup!

We asked Jennifer to tell us about what inspired her to pursue a career in weddings and how he got started in the industry.

Since I was a little girl I’ve been fascinated with making people feel beautiful and look amazing in front a camera. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of dressing up my baby sister & photographing her with the family polaroid camera. I guess there isn’t a whole lot that has really changed since then. I am eternally grateful for the bond I share with my siblings, Rob and Linz. I’m the oldest, I guess you can say natural born boss. My brother just a couple of years younger, always by my side, my confidant, the real artist in the family. My baby sister came after I hoped and dreamed and wished for her many times, I was 7, she has been my baby and my muse ever since. Maybe I dreamed for this too! Working with my siblings.

Weddings sort of happened upon mistake, when people just started asking me to shoot their weddings! I love making women feel beautiful and confident in front of my camera, and there really isn’t a more important day for this than her wedding day. I also love love, to me capturing those true genuine moments fuels my soul.

Jennifer also shared what her favorite part about being in weddings is.

I like to be the boss 🙂 Just kidding. But not really. I put a lot of myself into what I do and I’m generally by the bride’s side the entire day. We do everything we can to make sure that all those little things that may go wrong, don’t. And if they do, we take care of it. On the day of the wedding, our bride is our baby, we protect her and make sure she gets everything she wants!!

Jennifer is also sharing the one piece of advice she likes to give couples planning their wedding.

Photography is the only tangible thing you get to show from this beautiful day, choose a photographer who’s work moves your heart. And if you are going to commission a great photographer, make sure you also hire a great hair & makeup artist!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.