Celebrating Same Sex Weddings!

At the end of every Allure email, contract, and template are the words, "We believe in marriage equality for everyone."  Years ago, we stamped that on our paperwork and website as a daily reminder about what Allure stands for and who we serve -- couples in love.  All couples.  We are so proud to celebrate alongside our gay and lesbian loved ones this week as we all ring in the new laws that finally allow same sex marriage in California.

Love is love!

To celebrate LOVE, I put together some of my favorite photos of LGBT couples from wedding blogs.  Including photos from a styled shoot I coordinated almost two years ago shot by Meg Perotti (directly below).  Enjoy!

We can't wait to start planning gay weddings in California and beyond!  It's such an exciting time to be a wedding planner and gay ally…I am so proud of our country and the huge steps we are all taking in the right direction!  Now let's start planning weddings!

 

Allure: Video! Christy on Marriage Equality

Hello Summer! It is beautiful here in the Bay Area and we enjoyed the warm weather and sunshine this week. In lieu of my usual "Week in Review" Sunday post, I wanted to share my new video here on the Allure blog. Allure and Marriage Equality. Please pass it on if you like what you see!

And here is the list of the awesome vendors that worked on the styled shoot featured in the video. They ALL feel passionate about marriage equality and support LGBT weddings!

Coordination and Concept: Christy Daly, Allure Consulting Design and Styling: Kaella Lynn Events Photography: Meg Perotti Invitations and Signage: Aerialist Press Flowers: Ingela Floral Design Cakes: Glass Slipper Gourmet Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals Location: Swedenborgian Church, San Francisco Videography: Sean Basaman Models (and friends!): Randy Bernard and Kresimir Grgurevic

This was truly a labor of love! I am so proud of the final product and so grateful to have worked with such amazing industry professionals. If you want a dream team of wedding vendors for your San Francisco or San Jose wedding--hire everyone listed here!

PS I can't wait to share the entire styled shoot with you. Be patient! Coming soon!

Allure: 7th Week in Review

It's Spring!  Did you see Kaella's Green and White Inspiration Board on Friday?  I love it.  I love Kelly Green and I love Spring!  In a few weeks, I'll be helping my friends Dan and Andrea with their Tilden Park reception.  It'll be my first wedding to attend this year.  I'm helping to coordinate some of the reception details and set up for them too, so it's a twofer!  (Check out my Pinterest board for Andrea!)  I get to wear my planning hat, then fling it off and party with my dear friends!  The rest of the month, I'll be busy with projects and clients...this week followed suit.  Weddings are in the air!

1. Prep!  Lots on the horizon for Allure!  We've been busy prepping for our first styled shoot and on next week's Review, I'll be able to tell you how it went!  Kaella and I are thrilled to work with One True Love Vintage Rentals for this shoot.  Need special vintage furniture pieces and details for your wedding?  OTL is the place to go!  In another life, I had Amanda's job. 2.  New Video!  We are also working with my friend Sean Basaman, a video producer, for the styled shoot.  Sean is going to shoot the shoot, so to speak!  He will be there all day with us for some 'behind the scenes' footage of our styled, detail-filled 'wedding' and everything that goes into producing it.  Sean and I will be shooting an interview in a few days, prior to the styled shoot, so that I can talk about some of the very important reasons for doing the shoot.  So this week, I needed to scout a location for that interview and make sure I got my talking points to Sean so he could come up with interview questions.  A lot goes into a small production to make it seem effortless!  I plan to put the video on our blog, and my Wedding Wire profile.  And of course, connect it to the finished product--our styled shoot!

3.  Bowerbird Photography.  I met with Ariel and Sam, the lovebirds of Bowerbird, this week and we really connected.  Allure and Bowerbird share a commitment to LGBT weddings and I'm so glad we met to share our stories--personal and professional.  I'll be featuring Bowerbird Photography on a post later this month.  Ariel and Sam are simply lovely to be around and I would LOVE to work with them on weddings this year.  Plus, they graciously offered to take some family photos for us...yes, please!  

Allure: 6th Week in Review

This week flew by!  I can't even believe it is March already!  I was busy with lots of following up, lots of flower and vintage inspiration research and LOTS of proposal drafting. I sent them out like a mama bird pushes her babies out of the nest...I hope that some of them come back to me! Here's a little of what kept this wedding planning mama busy this week:

1.  Flowers Flowers Flowers:  I feel like I am up to my eyes in flowers right now.  Working on the design concepts for two of my couples now, I am constantly adding flowers and information to my lists and pinboards.  Also, I am helping a friend out with the flowers for her wedding at the end of this month and this week the basic plan for this friend-job changed drastically.  I was juggling ideas, research, contact, and budget for these flowers and I learned so much in the process.  I also met a new vendor friend!  Yo, from Array of Flowers, was an amazing contact to make.  His tiny shop is literally across the street from my house and he creates beautiful arrangements in addiction to selling wholesale flowers to businesses like Allure.  I know I will be working with Yo on future projects (so knowledgeable, so helpful!).  And I will also be heading to Yo for my own flowers.  I'm going in today, actually!  I need some hydrangeas on my kitchen table stat.

2.  Office Hours.  I feel like I am working all the time...I have a 2 year old and I have a babysitter that comes once a week to help.  In the 4 hours that she is with Joey, I swear I do a full day's work.  The to-do list I have to catch up on by the time she gets here every week is daunting, to say the least.  Between my son, my husband, my house, my work...you know the rant...I have very little time for anything!  I love my wedding work, I love the business that I am able to have and still be a 'stay-at-home' mom, and I am proud of what I have going on.  But I am on my computer until 2am most nights and weekends don't mean anything anymore.  So I have decided to try to maintain a better balance.  I need to set boundaries for myself and for my clients.  If they see that I am emailing them a response at 2am, I'm afraid they will think I am always available to them, which just isn't possible.  (Or fair, or right, or sane!)  Every profession has 'office' hours in some respect, mine does too!  I just don't adhere to them because I think I can't justify having set office hours since I am working on things all day long...but not 'full time'.  I'm a full time mom, doing my best to do it all.  The only person who can always get a hold of me 'after hours' is Joey.  So, New Allure Hours: 8am-10pm, Monday-Saturday.  Ha!  See, I'm trying, ok?

3.  Styled Shoot!  Allure is teaming up with Kaella Lynn Events and Meg Perotti for a styled shoot.  My first one to produce and coordinate!  My first one to be a part of at all!  I'm super excited about this...Kaella and I have been teasing you for a while about our big 'project' coming up and this is it.  Details are still top secret, but I can tell you it is going to be bright and beautiful and inspiring.  Not just in the pretty details and fun ideas, but also in it's inherent message.  It's been a lot of work to come up with it and set it up, and Kaella is working hard on the styling and design.  I'm so happy with everyone involved.  I can't wait to do it (mid March) and I super duper can't wait to see the final product of Meg's!

Allure: 2nd Week in Review

I'm writing this weeks 'Week in Review' as the delicious smell of chorizo queso fills the room.  It's Super Bowl Sunday and we have traditions around here, folks!  My husband considers Super Bowl Sunday an important national holiday, and I consider it a day to eat lots and lots of bacon.  The party we'll be heading off to soon has an annual appetizer contest and 90% of the food entered in will have pork as the first ingredient.  My Quesizo will have to compete against (among others) my husband's famous spicy mac and cheese, homemade sausage stuffed jalapeno poppers, and the ever popular sausage-roll-wrapped-in-bacon-basted-in-it's-own-fat.  Disgusting, I know.  Please don't judge me.

While extremely interesting, Super Bowl Sunday is not actually what this post is about.  This post is my second Week in Review for Allure.  And we had another fabulous and productive week!  So here goes!

1. Baby's Breath.  This week, I was doing lots of research for my full-planning clients; getting married in September at the Rengstorff House.  I love this historic Victorian house venue...the ceremony and reception will be outside on tailored lawns and brick patios, and the land around the house is lush and wild and just beautiful.  I was thinking of some decor and floral ideas that would complement the natural setting and fit in with my client's wedding vision, and speak to their personal style.  I've always liked the way that baby's breath looks when it's bunched together tightly, so I started with that.  I loooove what I found and I sent a description of my preliminary plan (line the aisle with baby's breath on the grass, possibly use baby's breath to decorate the cake and escort card table) over to my clients and they jumped for joy and celebrated my brilliance over champagne and caviar!  (They talked about it and decided they liked the idea, and told me to proceed.)  Here's an example of what I am talking about.  I'll post pictures of my creation in September, of course!

Flowers by Heavenly BloomsI love this topic so much, I might just post more on it later!

2.  Kaella.  This week, Kaella (my assistant, mentoree, and friend!) had her second class at Cal State Hayward's Wedding Planner Certification Course.  She aced the quiz and will post about the class later this week!  This is the same certification course that Michelle Martinez and I both took, so we are so proud of Kaella and can't wait for her to be certified!

3.  Allure's first styled shoot.  I'm thrilled to announce that a special project is in the works for Allure right now.  We are planning our very first styled shoot.  Kaella and I are putting together the details right now and we'll shoot in late March.  I don't want to give too much away, but I will tell you that the reason I am so very excited about this is because we will be styling and shooting vingettes for a wedding with two grooms.  Another super exciting thing about this shoot?  Our friend Meg Perotti will be shooting it.  She is ridiculously talented--here's her site, you want to take a look, trust me!  Here's an example of a styled shoot that Kaella did last month with Edyta Szyszlo.  It was featured in Style Me Pretty! 

That's it for now!  I have to taste this queso...

Kaella Lynn featured on Style Me Pretty

Today marks a BIG milestone in my event designing and planning career. I'm thrilled to announce my first feature on Style Me Pretty! This wedding styled shoot was especially fun because it was inspired by my love of interior design. Joining forces with brilliant San Francisco based photographer, Edyta Szyszlo, we pulled together an amazing team of talented Bay Area vendors to bring our vision to life. Emerald, gray and gold with patterns galore, we had fun adding layer upon layer of detail to this shoot. Thank you team. Thank you SMP! Thank you Christy for being so supportive! Click here for the entire Style Me Pretty feature with design details and a complete vendor list.

Cheers!

Kaella

@kaellalynn