Where do I even begin?! Other than the obvious... how beautiful did Brooke look and how handsome did Eric look?! I've known Brooke since I was her greek recruitment counselor in college about 14 years ago! I know, it's been that long!
Over the years, because of the wedding industry, we'd run into each other! at bridal fairs, or wedding networking meetings. When I heard her and Eric were engaged, I was absolutely over the moon excited, AND honored when I was asked to be her planner! Obviously, our team said heck yes, and here we are, looking back on an incredible wedding day.
The wedding was a dream... from the guests having to ride the chairlift up the mountain for cocktail hour, to the exciting toasts and fun dances; the entire day was magical.
Brooke said her favorite part of the entire day was the ceremony, because it showcased their love, and felt like it was just the two of them up there. "Our officiant was our best friend Kyle, and it was probably one of the best gifts we had received." - Brooke
I really love her advice to any future brides; be "glued" to each other the entire night, because it goes way too fast, and enjoying the moment together makes it last!
Now, who wants to see some of my favorite highlights?! Check out the vendors listed below, and enjoy some gorgeous images.
Photography: Jack Vu
Venue/Catering: Sugar Bowl Resort
Coordination/Planning: Northstate Events
Rentals: WeDo Designs
Floral: Cambray Rose Florists
Hair: Angela Cattaneo/ Beyond the Ponytail
Make Up: Megan Mortenson
DJ: Ryan Manill
Dessert: Lovely Layers Cakery
Dress: Miosa Bride - Designer Lillian West
Jewelry: Chloe and Isabel by Brooke Smith
Wedding/ Engagement Rings: Heidi Gibson Designs
On Feburary 2nd, we held the Children's Museum Gala at The Butte Creek Country Club, and to say it was a success, would be an understatement!
This is the second year in a row that this gala has been sold out, and I am truly so honored that our team could be a part of this journey!
We honored the founder, Dana Leslie and welcomed the new Chico Children's Museum Director, Leslie Amani! The funds that were raised are being put directly back into the museum exhibits.
The party really celebrated all of the hard work on this project over the past 4 years and was perfect timing to celebrate our grand opening that happened just a few weeks prior! When I say party.... I mean PARTY! (As you'll see below!)
Thank you so much to all of our vendors, and to our volunteers who dedicated so much time into making this night perfect.
Venue: Butte Creek Country Club
Photography: Little Wishes Photography by Emily Hajec
Floral: M Creations
Planning: North State Events & Sage Bowman, Nantucket Home
Food: Butte Creek Country Club
Design: Patricia Heath, The Design Renegade, Carson Pezzetti (North State Events), Heirloom Fox
Rentals & Decor: We Do Designs & Little Red Hen
Entertainment: The Decades Band
Auctioneer: Kevin O'Callaghan
Desserts: Tin Roof Bakery, Cinful Desserts, Mim's Bakery, Krispy Kreme, Denine's Cupcakes, The Cookie Shoppe, Brown Box Bakeshop, Midnite Munchies
"Hire a dj" "Hire a dj" "Hire a dj"!
I'm sure if we've been working together, you've heard me say that 1 million + times... but that's truly because a DJ can make or break the entire mood and vibe of your wedding day.
From the pre ceremony music, to the very last song, choose your DJ wisely, and take the time to go over the music you love, and also the music you really don't like!
Here are FOUR ways to know if you're hiring the right DJ:
(Other than the fact that it's not your uncle....)
1. How Long Has He Been Djing?
This is an important question, but not necessarily a make or break situation. If the DJ you're meeting with explains that he's only been doing it for 1 year or less, but has the confidence that he will make your beautiful day perfect, he may be the one! We've come across DJs that have been in the business so long, that they're not in touch with today's technology, which can hinder a lot of the planning moving forward.
2. What Style Of Music Is This DJ Used To Playing?
I'm sure you don't want a club DJ playing at your conservative ranch wedding, or vise versa correct? Although DJs have access to a lot of music, they don't always necessarily have everything you're looking for. So when interviewing different DJs, be sure to ask those questions!
3. What Does Their Booth Look Like?
There have been a handful of times when I walk into the reception space, and see an outrageous set up created by the DJ. I get it, not all vendors have the decorative touch, but make sure they don't use a sparkly table cloth when you're going for a muted and neutral look... just may look a bit odd!
4. Do You See Eye To Eye?
Just like finding the right wedding planner, or the right photographer makes a difference in your experience, so does finding the right DJ. Personality is everything, especially if you're looking for them to MC. Do they have a personality you click with? Can they win your guests over while they're patiently waiting for dinner? All of these play a huge role in making the day memorable.
I truly hope these tips will help you throughout your DJ hunt! Make sure to stay true to yourself, and stand up for what you want. Also, don't hire a family member or a good friend... let them enjoy the day!
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We're back with MORE 2019 wedding trends for the year! Are you ready for them? As trends come and go, there are always some that I even scratch my head about... but ultimately, as a couple, it is what YOU want that always matters in the end. Happy Planning!
1. Dresses with POCKETS!
Yes, we said pockets! Jumpsuits are making a huge come back as well, with pockets too! Who said convenience has to go away during your wedding day? What if you want to take the perfect selfie... where would you put it otherwise?! What do you think about this trend?
2. Dresses With Sleeves
That's right! Dresses with sleeves are BACK, and better than ever! As we mentioned previously, if you're wearing a strapless, or backless dress, or spaghetti straps, it's OK! These are just trends popping up for the year! Let us know how you feel about this trend. Love it? Hate it?
4. Plastic Free!
This has been a trend that has been brewing for a while now. With activists all around us, it is important to recognize that going plastic free is great! From decorations, to utensils, we are proud to see this on the top trending list. Although renting china, or buying the wooden cake stand, rather than the plastic one may be less cost affective, it still makes a difference!
5. Natural Makeup With a Red Lip
We are seeing this much more often this year! Especially in the fall and winter months. Red lips with a very simple eye and face is not only trending, but it also is absolutely gorgeous. What do you think? Do you think getting a bit more glam is more exciting for a wedding day?
6. Edible Party Favors!
This is one of our favorites... because well, they're edible! This isn't only cost affective, but also useful! An example that we've seen while coordinating weddings, is putting the bride and groom's favorite candy in a little customized box (This can be plastic free and sustainable too if you choose)! It's personable, and yummy!
7. Late Night Snack
Many couples are booking food trucks, pizza deliveries, even ice cream trucks to show up after 9 PM for a late night snack! This not only helps with, you know, soaking up the alcohol, but it's also a cute and thoughtful touch! If you have some extra room in the budget, this may be a great option!
We just love these trends that are becoming more popular! Which one was your favorite? Ours definitely has to be the late night snack...!
Looking for some help planning your big day? Give us a call, and let's grab a cup of coffee!