Katie & Sam, Huntington Beach Wedding


A stunning couple, gorgeous day to get married and the most charming, rustic venue.  All part of the beautiful wedding day of Katie & Sam on October 23, 2010.

Katie loved the feel of the Red Horse Barn and opted for a hand-made, comfy, and crafty design for the reception.  Found provided awesome vintage furniture pieces around the dance floor, the dessert & gift tables, and made SUCH a difference in the space.  Floral pieces  were mason jars collected by the bride, and her family and filled with wildflowers and tied with colored ribbon.

For dinner, guests were first treated to hot, fresh-made quesadillas and cocktails, then Taco Man served up the most delicious tacos along with yummy sides.

Dessert was fabulous – homemade cookies by Katie’s mom, and donuts served with cold milk.  The guests were truly enjoying this end of the night treat.

So great working with Hoffmann Photographer.  Thank you for the incredible images!




Thank you to all of the vendors:

Bartender: Sunseri’s

Caterer: Taco Man

DJ:Fly By Night

Florist: Debbie Neville

Photography:Hoffmann Photographer

Furniture Rentals:Found

ABC-OC October Vendor Fair at the Promenade & Gardens

Another successful and gorgeous event hosted by the Association of Bridal Consultants, Orange County.  Turnip Rose’s Promenade & Gardens provided the perfect setting for our second Vendor Fair of the year.  The service, food and location were fabulous and I highly recommend them for events.  Thanks to Maria Longhi for photographing the evening for us.

More pictures and information on the vendors is here.

Morgan & Brett – Malibu Wedding – Part 3

And for the sweetest photos of them all, to continue the last in the series of the gorgeous, detail infused wedding of Morgan & Brett.

I cannot fail to mention the beautiful, custom-made runners and linens from Wildflower.  They had exactly what we were looking for and were able to create our vision perfectly.

The couple wanted a dessert-only reception, after providing appetizers and various foods  at their pre-ceremony event at  The Sunset Restaurant in Malibu.  We worked with 24 Carrots Catering to provide the most delicious and beautiful sweets spread.  On the menu:

* Mini cobblers

* Mini churros with spiced chocolate mousse

* Cheesecake stuffed & chocolate tuxedo strawberries

* Mini cupcake table including red velvet, lemon raspberry, coconut, and chocolate chocolate flavors

* Cake lollipops including vanilla cake, brownie and carrot cake flavors

* Homemade cookies in a mason jar for guests to take home

And the cake, oh the cake!  Morgan knew exactly what she wanted her cake to look like and taste like.  It would be a magnificent, tower of yumminess!  A 7-layer, white, coconut cake made by Rosebud Cakes.  I helped her design the table elements, Morgan found a vintage lace to use as an overlay and with help from Aly at Vine’s Leaf, it was all we dreamed and the cake tasted so good too!

One of our rustic wooden signs by LHCalligraphy

Ceremony Venue: The Sunset

Reception Venue: Saddlerock Ranch

Photographer: Embrace Life Photo

Florist: The Vine’s Leaf

Linens: Wildflower

Paper Goods, Wooden Signage: LH Calligraphy

Music/Entertainment/MC: 11H Entertainment

Hair & Make-up: Betsy DiFrancesca

Lounge Furniture/Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Driftwood Arch: Adornements

Good Morning Granola

I’m a huge fan of granola, not in the fashion sense, just the crumbly, crunchy stuff!

My kids love it just as much.  At McD’s, they don’t want chicken nuggets or hamburgers, they go right for the yogurt parfait.  At home we make our treats with Sprouts granola, blackberries and yogurt.  Yum!

Of course, I went giddy with the sight of these jars and labels from Pink Peacock Designs , and you can print your own free here.  Fabulous Christmas gifts or as a display on Christmas morning among the french toast, eggs and fruit.

Coffee Revamped!

Coffee is a wonderful thing!  Yet, most party-planners don’t really pay attention to the coming & going of coffee at a wedding or other event.  Here are some ways to “spice” up your coffee service, which your guests will certainly appreciate!


From top left, clockwise:

Caramel wafers to place over hot coffee, which turn into gooey yummy treats.  Via Martha Stewart Weddings

Vintage dishes. Find at local flea markets or thrift stores and use as detail pieces or to serve coffee.

Double-walled coffee mugs with a clean, modern look.  Via Sur La Table

Fresh cinnamon to add a whimsy decor element and lots of flavor

Flavored syrups in a variety of tastes.  Via Flavorganics

French sugar crystal sticks to stir in some sweetness!  Via Sur La Table

Cool, fresh whipped cream for a dallop of goodness.