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2023 wedding trends

Six Wedding Trends We Can’t Wait to See in 2023

If you’re counting down the months until you say, “I do,” you may be bursting with ideas. Your wedding day is perfect for showcasing your creative side and delivering something showstopping. Not feeling the traditional approach? Welcome to the club! Many modern couples are setting new trends as we move into the new year. Here are six wedding trends to look forward to in 2023!

Bold color palettes

Do you love a rich burgundy or a vibrant tropical color scheme? Well, you’re in luck because bold and unique colors are in, as soft whites and pastels head out. Nowadays, many couples are opting for daring colors, making a statement about their personalities. In addition, it brings an exciting new depth to the celebration. So if you have a wedding in the works for 2023, throw your favorite colors in the mix. 

Romantic backdrops

Ceremony backdrops, like statement arches, airy curtains, and hanging greenery, are taking ceremonies by storm. These customizable décor elements create a dreamy atmosphere, perfect for sharing vows and capturing stunning wedding photos. If this is on your wishlist, get in touch with your floral designer or DIY your own arch for a breathtaking result. 

Wedding dress styles: classy & glamorous

Sleeves are getting their time to shine. Recently, this fashion trend has made a splash among celebrities and royal brides — for example, Kourtney Kardashian’s Dolce and Gabbana corset paired with sheer sleeves and Nicola Peltz’s custom Valentino wedding dress. The classy sleeve look is an excellent contrast to the off-the-shoulder style. Sequins and embellishments are also gaining popularity as they allow couples to express their glamorous side. 

Outdoor weddings 

Following the pandemic, many couples began hosting outdoor weddings. Originally for safety precautions, this trend has made a permanent mark on the wedding industry. An outdoor celebration is ideal for those who prefer a natural setting, like a garden or woodlands. Vineyard weddings have also taken off recently, offering a romantic and fairy-tale-like atmosphere for ceremonies, receptions, and wedding pictures (WeddingWire, 2017).

Elevate the guest experience 

Nowadays, many modern couples are shifting their focus to their guests. Specialized gift bags, personalized welcome notes, and sweet performances contribute to the themes of connecting while providing guests with a warm and fuzzy experience. If you want to highlight family and friends, expand your celebration to showcase your appreciation for their support. 

Make a splash with technology

While age-old wedding traditions still have a special place in our hearts, many couples are jumping on the latest technology trends to support their event’s needs. For instance, online invitations, guest list trackers, and live streaming (an excellent solution for destination weddings) are gaining popularity.  

Another recent trend is hiring a wedding content creator to capture moments of your big day for your social media. From updating profiles and posting candid shots in real-time to pinning registry items and creating hashtags for guests to connect online, this is an easy way to share your memories without sorting through thousands of photos by yourself.    

So, what do you think of the latest trends? If you’re planning a 2023-2024 wedding, explore these ideas and add your own twist on the trends.

 

Chantel + Colby

Casa Real Events Wedding | Chantel + Colby

Today, we’re highlighting a dazzling Casa Real wedding that took our breath away. Chantel and Colby’s celebration was stunning, with Casa Real bringing out all the stops to ensure their vision came alive.

Chantel + Colby Casa Real Wedding

Before the wedding festivities began, the couple shared a sweet moment in front of the arched cedar doors. The stone exterior provided the perfect natural backdrop.  

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Colby and his groomsmen were dressed to the nines as they strutted through the entryway. Their smiles were contagious, and their energy was high! We could feel every ounce of joy.  

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As we moved to the reception hall, the aisle was lined with white petals, tying the light and airy features of the fireplace and chandelier together. The fireplace’s gorgeous floral detailing perfectly framed the couple as they shared their vows. 

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Chantel + Colby First Dance

The tall vaulted ceilings, flowy curtains, and crystal-beaded chandelier had everyone speechless. Look at the beautiful couple as they shared their first dance beneath the sparkling crystals! 

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The pink and white floral arrangements made for  gorgeous centerpieces with tall golden stands elevating each tablescape. 

We especially love the customized gobo wash splashed across the dance floor, celebrating Chantel and Colby’s special day.  

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Casa Real provided the perfect stage for the dragon dance performance. The guests couldn’t take their eyes off the dancers – and we couldn’t either!

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Raise your glasses and join us in congratulating Chantel and Colby! 

It was a pleasure seeing their beautiful day come to life with the help of our creative partners.

Photography: Kat Ma Photography | @katma_photography

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents

Venue: Casa Real Events | @casarealevents

November Event Showcase

Event Services Showcase: November 16

Wouldn’t it put you at ease to have a dependable team to bring your wedding vision to life? We’d like to think so! Luckily, we’re hosting our Event Services Showcase on November 16, so you can get a glimpse of our services and meet the Fantasy Sound team. 

November Event Showcase

Immerse yourself in the magic of our photo booths, chat with our DJs, and take a look at our gorgeous chandeliers. And don’t forget to bring your questions and ideas – we’d love to hear them!

Join us for our following openings:

  • 6:30 pm
  • 7:30 pm
  • 8:30 pm

You can RSVP here to save your space. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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Photo of the Month: Tree Gobo Wash

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

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

Casa Real Events Wedding | Joe and Megan

Today, we’re giving you a glimpse into a dazzling Casa Real wedding to celebrate the union of Joe and Megan. It’s a delight to work at Casa Real and witness how they customize their venue to bring personal touches representing the striking couple.     

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At the entrance of Casa Real, Joe and Megan share a kiss in front of a gorgeous fountain surrounded by greenery. The pop of the wood detailing of the arched doors and stone front blends the romantic elements of the architecture. 

Look as the loving couple enjoys a moment among the blossoming roses and rich plants, bringing color and brightness to their beautiful day!

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Casa Real’s natural stone exterior makes for the perfect contrast to the white bouquets and deep wine-colored bridesmaid dresses. 

Meanwhile, the castle-esque backdrop sets the stage for a classy shot with the groom and his groomsmen posing together in front of the fountain.

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Megan and Joe

With a grand fountain with Spanish accents and antique light fixtures, the bride and her father are treated to a stunning entrance.

At the altar, the sweet couple share their vows beneath a fairytale archway of green vines. The white stone pillars elevate the grandeur, making the moment more memorable.

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As guests moved to the reception hall, it was hard to miss the dazzling crystal chandelier lighting up the dance floor with sheer white ceiling swag extending across the space, creating a magnificent sight. 

But that wasn’t the only thing taking centerstage — white rose bouquets dressed up each table as simple, classic centerpieces!

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Fantasy Sound Photo Booth

Joe and Megan’s first dance had their guests in awe as the floral gobo wash design speckled across the dance floor and illuminated the beautiful couple. 

And we can’t forget about the photo booth, where friends and loved ones crowded in for a fun photo op!

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Join us in celebrating Joe and Megan. May the next chapter be full of joy and laughter!

 

We would love to extend our gratitude to the following creative partners who contributed to this beautiful Casa Real wedding!

 

Elliston Vineyards

Venue Spotlight: Elliston Vineyards

The Livermore area has a lot to offer couples who are tying the knot! Livermore is home to a diverse selection of wedding venues, so if you’re searching for a gorgeous location to host your special day, you’ve come to the right place. In this Venue Spotlight, we are showcasing the beautiful Elliston Vineyards!

Elliston Vineyards

Photography: Hazy Lane Studios

Elliston Vineyards offers several beautiful spaces, including:

  • Terrace Room: A private reception room set into the hillside with vaulted ceilings and floor-length windows. It’s ideal for indoor events.
  • Outdoor Patio: This outdoor space is perfect for cocktail hour: A wooden deck surrounded by trees and sparkling lights. Plus, it has a wooden gazebo, which serves as an excellent backdrop for pictures. 
  • Garden-Style Ceremonies: Alongside the historic stone mansion, Elliston Vineyard hosts outdoor ceremonies where guests can explore the garden, large lawn, and gazebo.

Engaged couples also receive access to a getting-ready suite, so they can prepare on-site. 

In addition to a gorgeous setting, Elliston Vineyards also offers:

  • Day of coordinator
  • In-house catering
  • Bartender and beverage packages
  • Wine tasting 
  • Parking services and attendants 
  • Head table

Are you ready to view Elliston Vineyards and see if it’s the right venue for you? Get in touch with Elliston Vineyards at info@elliston.com to set up a tour.

Address: 463 Kilkare Rd, Sunol, CA 94586

Phone: (925) 862-2377

Krysten and Quang California wedding

Casa Real Wedding | Krysten + Quang

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photography: Leo Pham Photography | @leophamphotographer

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents 

Venue: Casa Real Events | @casarealevents 

Photo of the Month – Edison Bulbs

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

Edison bulb

Photography: Kat Ma Photography

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

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Event Services Showcase: September 14

We’ve missed you during our summer hiatus! We’re back and ready to party, so we hope you’ll join us on September 14 as we kick off our first Event Services Showcase of the fall. 

Fantasy Sound Event Services Showcase

Photography Credit: StillNation Photography

Come check out our photo booths with all the included props, talk playlists with our DJs, and bask in the glow of our chandeliers. We promise you’ll have those creative juices flowing before you leave! 

Be sure to sign up for a timeslot so we can be ready for you! You can join us at 6:30, 7:30, or 8:30 — take your pick. 

If you’re really excited to knock out a bunch of items on your list, feel free to sign up for a 1:1 instead! We are ready and excited to meet with you Tuesday – Friday between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. or on Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

If those times don’t work for you, don’t hesitate to reach out — we can get you on the books another time, no problem! 

Get in touch with us to schedule a consultation!

Elegant Sweetheart Table

Photo of the Month: Elegant Sweetheart Table

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

Elegant Sweetheart Table

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

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

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Casa Real at Ruby Hill Wedding | Thuy and Keheim

It’s always a beautiful day to celebrate a wonderful couple! Today, we’re featuring Thuy and Keheim and their elegant wedding day at Casa Real at Ruby Hill. 

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I mean, look at these sweet lovebirds! Who wouldn’t want to celebrate them? A wedding to remember is absolutely an understatement. 

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Fun-filled and ready to party, they celebrated the couple in the classiest way; this wedding party came to have a blast!

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Every detail of Thuy and Keheim’s big day exuded beauty, grace and class.

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From tasteful Edison bulbs to luxurious round chandeliers, we lit up the night at Casa Real for Thuy and Keheim!

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Thuy and Keheim’s wedding was night to remember for everyone involved! 

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Congratulations to the happy couple!

And a huge thanks to everyone who made this beautiful day possible:

Photography: Studio Dizon | @studiodizon

Venue: Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery | @casarealevents

Lighting & Installation: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents

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Photo of the Month – Candle Chandelier with Greenery

Elegance, beauty and simplicity radiate from this breathtaking room! Greenery is popping up everywhere in wedding inspiration, which is one of the reasons why our round candle chandeliers are so popular with engaged couples. Adding touches of greenery to stunning light fixtures can brighten up a room instantly — and this photo is the perfect example! 

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From the long taper candles gracing the tables to the warm, inviting uplighting accenting the vineyard barrels, the room glows with so much effortless beauty. Of course, all eyes are on the sweetheart table at center-stage! This breathtaking space at Palm Event Center is one of our favorites, and it’s sure to wow every guest that enters! Many thanks to Lauren Feddersen Photography for capturing the space so beautifully! 

Wood Beam Chandelier

Chandelier Roundup: 7 Fixtures to Dazzle Your Guests

Event lighting may not be the first thing on your mindt when you begin planning a wedding. In fact, you might even assume that you’re tied to your venue’s current light fixtures. 

But that simply isn’t the case! A beautiful chandelier does more than set the mood for a space with ambiance and lighting — it also serves as décor for your big day! So, don’t get overwhelmed and feel like you  need to become an event lighting expert. That’s why we’re here! 

Here are a few of our favorite chandeliers:

Crystal Chandeliers 

Crystal chandeliers come in all different sizes, colors, and number of lights, so you can find the perfect light fixture to match your big day. Whether you’re going for a classic,minimal look or aiming for a “wow” factor, this is an option that will always fit your needs. 

Crystal Beaded Chandeliers 

Circular Chandelier

Crystal beaded chandeliers are also a versatile choice for your wedding day. Not only do they come in different sizes, shapes and styles, they can also be combined to create a layered light fixture for a high-class look. Our Crystal Starburst light fixture is very popular and always leaves the crowd stunned!

Round Candle Chandelier 

Round Candle Chandelier

The Round Candle Chandelier is the perfect light fixture for a minimalist, simple, classic and clean look. This chandelier fits a modern vibe to a tee! The beautiful and radiant glow is perfect for highlighting focal points in your space.

Rustic Edison Beam Chandelier 

Edison Beam Chandelier

Minimal meets modern with our Rustic Edison Beam Chandelier. This light fixture is perfect if you want to add a pop of greenery to your decor through your lighting. This brings a high-class look through a simple, yet stunning style. 

Geometric Chandeliers

Geometric Chandelier

Gold is IN — what better way to light up a room than with fun, geometric shapes adorning your space? We love adding our Geometic Chandeliers as unique and timeless statement pieces!

Wood Bead Chandeliers

Wood Beam Chandelier

If modern bohemian is your goal, these Wood Bead Chandeliers are a must. Boho styles are perfect in the summer months and bring so much warmth to a space. These light fixtures are perfect to tie your space together! 

Vineyard-inspired Chandeliers 

Vineyard Stave Half Barrel Vineyard Chandelier

If vineyard is your vibe, allow us to introduce you to your perfect light fixture! These rustic chandeliers are perfect for wine-lovers — plus, they’re fantastic “wow” factors that will get your guests talking!

Rest assured, event lighting doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Beautiful lighting makes a big difference in your photos and video, while also adding some wonderful décor to your wedding venue! See something you like? Let’s chat!

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

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! 

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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?

Photo of the Month– Fantasy Sound Crystal Beaded Chandelier

Two is better than one, right? If you don’t believe us, now you can! Here are two of our elegant, crystal beaded chandeliers cascading one around the other to prove our point. The breathtaking elegance of these classy light fixtures dazzles everyone in the room — every time.

However, our showstopping chandeliers won’t take away from the couple of the night! Instead, the warm, clean light shines down eloquently on the newlyweds and their admirers. The raining crystals of these chandeliers are the perfect touch to any space for your big day! 

 

 

Casa Real Wedding | Tiffany + Jesse

Today, we’re bringing a truly stunning Casa Real wedding with you as we celebrate Tiffany and Jesse’s nuptials! It’s always a pleasure working at Casa Real, especially when we get to work with a couple as fun-loving and open-minded as these two.

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Their sweet wedding ceremony brought elegance to the forefront with soft uplighting, gold accents, and beautiful blooms.

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And as we move to the reception space, you’ll notice some familiar floral arrangements dressing up the sweetheart table! (Although you may miss it, seeing that our crystal beaded chandelier really stole the show.)

The starburst chandelier really highlighted the dance floor, putting Tiffany and Jesse center-stage for their first dance. And of course, their guests loved breaking it down “under the stars” as the night went on!

A simple, classy crystal chandelier strung above the sweetheart table added an elegant touch to the space, giving them the perfect photo op alongside blush blooms and greenery.

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However, it wasn’t all fab design! Tiffany and Jesse’s guests were treated to a fully immersive experience with yard games like Connect 4 and Jenga, as well as a DIY horchata bar (YUM!).

So won’t you join us in celebrating these sweet lovebirds? Cheers to you, Tiffany and Jesse!

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More than anything, we’d like to express our gratitude to the wonderful creative partners who made this Casa Real wedding a day to remember!

Photos: Ether & Smith | @etherandsmith
Design: SmittenKiss Planning & Design | @smittenkissllc
Florist: JC Weddings & Events | @jcweddings_events
Lighting & Installation: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fseevents
Venue & Catering: Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery| @casarealevents
Stationery: LettersbyDina | @lettersbyd
Hair + Makeup: Beauty by Chau Nguyen | @beautybychaunguyen
DJ/Emcee: Paul Stylez | @paul_stylez
Display: BooVara Designs | @boovaradesigns
Cake: La Vie Douce Design | @laviedoucedesign
Rentals: Hensley Event Resources | @hensleyeventresources
Dress: Martina Liana Bridal Designs | @martinalianabridal
Photo Booth: Say Ya! Photo Booth | @sayyaphotobooth

Event Services Showcase

LAST CALL: Event Services Showcase – Jan. 13

The clock is ticking — have you RSVPed for next week’s Event Services Showcase? Join us on January 13 for a step inside the Fantasy Sound experience. We can’t wait to have you!

Here’s what you can expect at our Event Services Showcase:

  • Answers to all of your questions from our amazing team of event pros
  • A chance to try out our photo booth for yourself
  • Meet-and-greet opportunities with our crew of DJs
  • An up-close look at the lighting fixtures we’re known for

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Make sure to pack your planning notebook because you’ll gather ideas, inspiration, and advice to support your journey! Consider us your partner in event planning — all we have to do now is meet and make it official. We’re ready when you are. #LetsDoThis

Just make sure to RSVP for one of these time slots to save your spot:

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

Save my seat for the Jan. 13 Showcase!

NOTE: Our Showcase is a meet-and-greet, which means there will be other couples in attendance. This allows us to highlight our many products and services to the group at once.

With that said, we’d love to connect with you one-on-one! If you are ready to book with Fantasy Sound or want to schedule a personal consultation, we are happy to accommodate that as well!

We are available for consultations from Tuesday-Friday between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. or on Saturdays between 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. We also have appointments available on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Get in touch with us to schedule your consultation.

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Adam Clark, Adam J. Clark Photography {Creative Partner Spotlight}

This week, we’re highlighting the owner and lead photographer of Adam J. Clark Photography… Adam Clark, himself!

You may recognize Adam’s name from the gorgeous photos of his that we’ve shared on our blog and social media. He’s truly a visionary behind the lens, and we love collaborating with him to bring our clients’ events to life!

Let’s see what Adam Clark has to share!


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

I have long had a passion for art, specifically photography. When I was young I was fascinated by my Grandfather’s Nikomat camera. My closest childhood friend’s father had what I thought was the coolest camera and case. I loved all the gear and gadgets that went into creating images with a camera.

As a little kid, I recall having an old Kodak Brownie in my toy collection and then on my 8th birthday I received a Kodak Instamatic. To be honest I believe I may have been a little disappointed. I had a camera, it was old, but I had one I think I was lobbying more for a BB gun on that birthday. However this gift turned out to inspire me.

Years later my father sold the family station wagon and took the proceeds and purchased my family’s first 35 mm camera. That did it, I was hooked! I took that camera everywhere and probably cost my father a ton in film and processing taking images of anything and everything. Then came time for my senior portraits, something that I had looked forward to for years. This is what turned my interest to portraiture. I loved the whole process.

After graduating high school I attended college thinking I would one day work towards an engineering degree. This seemed like a logical idea. In reality I wanted to be a photographer but in my head I thought, “That’s not a job, it’s a fantasy. Being a photographer isn’t a career it’s a hobby. Being an engineer, that’s a career.” I was right and wrong, being a photographer is a fantasy and not a real job, but it is a career. It is the fantasy, non-real job, that has been my career for nearly 25 years!

Anyway, after college I attended the Art Institute of Seattle and I earned a degree in Commercial Photography. After graduation I was fortunate to find a part-time job with a local photo studio, Crawford’s Photography in Redmond, WA. Here I learned my craft, and my passion for photography and portraiture grew. I was able to meet wonderful people that turned into fantastic clients and friends. I was given the opportunity to get to know and document their lives through my portraiture. I have clients that I photographed as babies, then high school seniors, then weddings and then their babies. It is a mind-blowing experience that I so very much cherish! I went on to run, manage and eventually own the Studio. This was my only job, career, fantasy until I started Adam J. Clark Photography.

In my down time I love spending time with my dog, visiting with family and friends around the country, SCUBA diving, running, skiing, hiking and staying fit. I also very much love to visit Hawaii, and live the Aloha spirit. Currently I am based out of Livermore, CA. However I am available on the Big Island of Hawaii. Again, thank you so much for visiting my web site. I hope we have the opportunity to meet and I hope you will consider me for all your portrait and photographic needs. I love what I do and I am dedicated to making your portraits a unique and special work of art, worthy of viewing by future generations.

What do you love about your job?

I love meeting people, making them happy and being exposed to different cultures and traditions.

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

Be on time and listen to the professionals. We are here to help take advantage of our knowledge, that more than one I know LOL


We are big Adam Clark fans at Fantasy Sound and we’re always looking forward to the next time we get to work with him. Cheers to you, Adam!

Save The Date: Event Services Showcase – Jan. 13

Won’t you join us as we ring in the New Year with our next Event Services Showcase? Come out on January 13 and see why we’re the top event lighting & entertainment provider around!

Meet with our team of professionals, test out our photo booth (props included!), see our renowned lighting fixtures up close and personal, and talk wedding playlists with our amazing DJs. It’s the ultimate Fantasy Sound experience, and we’d love to see you!

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You’ll walk away with ideas, advice, and information to provide plenty of event inspiration — and maybe even a follow-up appointment to kick off the planning. So make sure to bring your questions and event details. We hope to see you at our Event Services Showcase on January 13!

Just make sure to RSVP for one of these time slots to save your spot:

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

RSVP for the Event Services Showcase!

NOTE: Our Showcase is a meet-and-greet, which means there will be other couples in attendance. This allows us to highlight our many products and services to the group at once.

However, If you are looking to connect one-on-one or are ready to book with Fantasy Sound, we are happy to accommodate that as well!

We invite you to schedule a personal consultation from Tuesday-Friday between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. or on Saturdays between 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. We also have appointments available on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Need something outside of those times? We’d love to accommodate you. Get in touch with us to schedule your consultation.

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New Press: Popped! | Holiday Proposals

With the holidays upon us, we loved seeing Kevin’s latest feature on Popped! as he speaks to planning meaningful holiday proposals!

According to The Knot, peak proposal season falls between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day with 40% (!!) of engagements taking place between November and February. The most popular days are, of course, for holiday proposals:

  • Christmas Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Valentine’s Day
  • New Year’s Day
  • New Year’s Eve
  • Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving behind us, we are in the early stages of engagement season — and we can already feel the excitement brewing in the wedding industry!

So this feature on Popped! is a timely roundup if you’re considering popping the question in the next few months. Read it here.

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Here’s a tidbit from the article, as Kevin suggests how to celebrate holiday proposals:

Kevin Dennis of Fantasy Sound Event Services says, “One of the best things about planning a proposal around the holidays is that your family and friends will likely already be in town, so you can organize a celebration fairly easy without drawing suspicion. Whether you choose to hold an impromptu engagement party or pop the question during a holiday get-together, you’ll be able to make the occasion even more special by having your loved ones involved.”

Read the full feature on Popped here!

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4 Reasons We Love Winter Weddings

Winter is quite a romantic season, making it perfect for saying “I do.” There’s no better time for couples to cozy up by a fire, go ice skating, or enjoy a lovely evening stroll. Here in California, we all love a little winter coziness and are complete suckers for dreamy winter weddings!

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Whether you’re still deciding on your wedding season or you’re eagerly anticipating a wintry celebration of your own, here are some of our favorite things about winter weddings!

You can get creative with your menu.

Whether you’re going for a grand affair with hundreds of guests or prefer to keep the celebration small and intimate, food and drinks should never be overlooked when planning your wedding!

What’s great about winter weddings is that you don’t have to limit attendees to the usual chicken or beef options. The cold weather means anything goes—as long as it’s hot! You can get more creative with the menu by serving crowd-pleasing comfort foods and seasonal cocktails and beverages. Hearty soups, stews, classic mac and cheese, spiked apple cider, hot cocoas, and mulled wine are all worth considering.

You get your pick of some beautiful color palettes.

Who said winter weddings had to be boring or monochromatic? Couples often add touches of deep jewel tones such as red, burgundy, navy blue, and emerald green in their decorations. They add an element of elegance, and are quite a sight when paired with metallic accents! And with or without snow, the rich colors make a striking contrast against the overall grayness of the weather.

A winter wedding also never fails to create a romantic and cozy vibe. If you want to set a homey, inviting mood on your big day, you can add touches of rich browns and tans to evoke campfires and snug log cabins.   

You will have more vendor availability with less budget.

Your wedding is one of the most important days in your life, and we know you want to create the most magical, memorable celebration possible. The vendors you pick can make or break your event, so it’s vital to put a lot of careful thought into choosing them! In the winter, vendors have more availability, so you’ll have a better chance at creating your dream team.

And of course, you also need to consider your budget because you don’t want to dip into your long-term savings or go into debt planning your wedding. Luckily, you have a good shot at booking highly-rated, sought-after vendors, and snagging their services at a lower rate! Why? Because winter is “off-season” in the wedding industry, so you’ll often see a drop in prices. It’s almost too good to be true!  

Your guests will be eager to join.

Many couples choose to say their “I do’s” during the summer. By hosting yours in the winter, you don’t have to worry about competing with other weddings or summer vacations! Plus, most of your guests will likely have additional time off for the holidays, so it won’t take much convincing to extend their breaks to accommodate your wedding. It’ll be much easier to get all of your favorite people in the world together for the celebration of the season!

As they say, winter is the most wonderful time of the year! If a wintry wonderland wedding is in your sights, you’re making a great choice. Enjoy your wedding preparations!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is a day for practicing gratitude and we wanted to let our clients and colleagues know how much we appreciate them. Thank you for all that you do!

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We hope you are spending the day enjoying food, family, and football!

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New Press: BRIDES | Planning a Beach Proposal

Is there anything more romantic than a sweet and sandy beach proposal? Swoon! Kevin was recently featured on BRIDES sharing advice for popping the question in a picture-perfect setting.

Read the full feature here!

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So before you book your flight and pack your flip flops next to that sparkling ring, make sure to read this article to get your plans in order!

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Bria + Ryan’s Pleasanton Wedding Featured on PartySlate

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

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

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

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

See the full feature on PartySlate here!

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

Wedding Planner: Amazae Events

Photography: Ashley Maxwell Photography

Venue: Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery

Floral Design: Bloomster’s

DJ: AVL Entertainment

Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen

Rentals: Theoni CollectionBright Event RentalsPleasanton Event Rentals

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

Stationery: Ji Kim Designs

Videography: Featherstone Films

Cake: Cake Creations by Bev

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4 Clever Holiday Event Décor Ideas

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

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Venue: Casa Real

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

Wow your guests with interactive food stations

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

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

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

Adorn your holiday event space with natural elements

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

Have fun with holiday event signage

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

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

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

Place some hanging string lights

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

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

Event Services Showcase

You’re Invited: Event Services Showcase on November 17

The clock is ticking — our next Event Services Showcase is just around the corner! Join us next Wednesday, November 17, as we show off the exciting new inventory we have in stock along with all of our lighting and décor all-stars.

Event Services Showcase

We can’t wait to meet you and show you how we can help to transform your event design! Bring your questions because we’re ready to answer them ALL.

Our much-loved chandelier selection will be on display alongside other lighting elements for you to see for yourself. Oh, and while you’re here, make sure to take a spin in our Photo Booth!

We have three time slots available for you to choose from:

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

RSVP to the Event Services Showcase!

Looking for a more personal 1:1 consultation? We’ve got you covered. While we won’t be able to accommodate this at our Event Services Showcase, we would love to have you visit our office during business hours to discuss. You can schedule a consultation any time between 10 a.m. – 5  p.m. between Tuesday and Friday, or on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. We can also make it work Wednesday and Thursday evenings, so don’t hesitate to ask!

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Photo of the Week: Wedding Dragon Dance

We always get excited when our couples infuse their weddings with cultural traditions that celebrate their heritage. This wedding dragon dance at Palm Event Center was no exception!

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Our rustic beam Edison chandelier looked lovely paired with our reclaimed wood wall with personalized monogram letters. Cue the confetti, indeed!

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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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7 Wedding Traditions to Know and Love

Engaged couples are not the only ones excited for their big day—so are their loved ones! During the planning stage, your family and close friends will often offer suggestions on how to make the festivities more meaningful and memorable. While it is ultimately up to you and your partner how your event will go, many wedding traditions are worth exploring if they feel right for both of you.

If you want to learn more, this blog will round up some of the more interesting wedding customs you can consider for your celebration.

Without further ado, let’s jump right into some favorite wedding traditions!

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Bouquet and Garter Toss

This is one of the most popular wedding traditions out there, but how does it work? For the bouquet toss, the single women in attendance attempt to catch the bouquet tossed by the bride. Whoever succeeds is believed to be the next to marry. For the garter toss, the groom goes under the bride’s gown to remove her leg garter, which he tosses to a group of eager bachelors. The person who caught the garter, in turn, places it on the leg of the one who caught the bouquet.

 

Door Games

If you’re looking for an exciting and lighthearted wedding tradition, door games are perfect for your celebration. For many Chinese couples, these games are a must on the morning of their wedding day. It revolves around the groom proving his worth and dedication to the bride by working hand-in-hand with his groomsmen to surpass a series of tests and challenges prepared by her bridesmaids. This activity will surely elicit lots of smiles and laughter from participants and spectators alike!

 

Releasing of Doves

Commonly practiced in Filipino weddings, a pair of male and female doves are released at the end of the ceremony to represent the couple’s desire for a harmonious relationship, as they symbolize unity and peace. Doves are also known to mate for life! It’s perfect for those who want to create a romantic, meaningful ending to their wedding.

 

The Sugar Cube

Greek brides typically tuck a sugar cube into their glove or bouquet on their wedding day, as it’s believed to bring the couple happiness in their new life together. So if you want to sweeten your marriage, it wouldn’t hurt to follow their lead!

 

Parent Dances

Looking for a special way to pay tribute to your parents on your wedding day? How about a traditional father-daughter and mother-son dance? Couples can also choose to share this sweet moment with other cherished family members, like grandparents, step-parents, godparents, siblings, aunts, or uncles.

 

Money Dances

The money dance is customary in many cultures. In exchange for a dance, guests pin bills onto the bride or groom’s clothing with good wishes. This long-standing wedding tradition serves to usher in wealth and prosperity in the couple’s marriage. Additionally, it’s a fun and interactive way for the couple to spend some time with their wedding guests!

 

Carrying the Bride Over the Threshold

In the Middle Ages, people believed that evil spirits lived on the threshold of new homes and would attack brides through the soles of their feet. Therefore, the groom carried his bride across the threshold to protect her. Today, it’s a romantic way to whisk the bride away from the party as they begin their new life together.

 

These are just a few of the wedding traditions you can incorporate into your special day. Of course, you can follow these old customs or start some of your own—feel free to mix it up! Ultimately, the most important thing is for your wedding to feel meaningful to you and your partner.

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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!