Something is in the wedding water around here! This past week, I received more inquiries, and had more meetings with vendors and couples than I have in the past two months! I'm excited to share some developments and I can't wait to start working on these new weddings and keep you updated along the way! 1. Jonathan Moore Photography. Jonathan is an LA based photographer that works in the Bay Area often and shoots destination weddings anywhere. In a six-degrees-of-separation kind of way that I love, he got in touch with me after finding out what I do from his old college buddy, my brother. Jonathan and I met for coffee (with Joey in tow) and chatted about the industry, our styles, and our shared commitment to marriage equality. I like Jonathan, and I hope to work with him this year. Check him out! Below is one of my favorite photos from one of Jonathan's 'Beloved' sessions. 2. BoLee Bridal in Sunnyvale. I visited BoLee with my friend Elizabeth Chang, of Skyla Arts. I often get asked by brides for suggestions of bridal boutiques, and I have a couple go-to answers, but I definitely need more in my rolodex (head). BoLee is located in the heart of Sunnyvale, about ten minutes away from downtown Mountain View. It's in an unassuming strip mall, and the building masks the store's glamorous interior and gorgeous inventory of sample dresses. I am happy to have a new store on my short list, and I look forward to working with Bo, the owner, on future events and promotions. 3. Allure's new blogger! Did you read my post Wednesday? I'm thrilled to announce that starting Friday, June 1, Abigail Rutkowski of Wedding Row California will be guest posting on the Allure blog. Abigail will be bringing the pretty now that Kaella's inspiring stint has ended. I can't wait to see what kind of creative and unique inspiration boards Abigail has in store for us!
4. Cupcake Tasting. This week, I had a pleasant task on my to-do list: Meet with Ashley at Frost Cupcake Factory for a client cupcake tasting. I tried 4 different versions of a lemon cupcake, took copious notes and made executive decisions. It's a tough job, y'all. Frost is my very favorite local bakery, I'm always happy when business or pleasure brings me into the store, and of course I'm thrilled when my clients choose Frost for their wedding. I like to do quality control during that time between hiring Frost and the wedding day. I take my job very seriously. 5. Client meeting at Tartine in SF. Speaking of baked-goods-as-job-hazard...I met with one of my brides last week while her mom was in town. The three of us met at the delectable, world famous, stupidly crowded Tartine Bakery in the mission district of SF. I enjoyed an AMAZING gruyere croissant and mocha while we discussed wedding details. One item on the agenda was favors. I don't love wedding favors, I love trying to come up with creative, fun ones for weddings I plan, but I don't love them as an overall wedding tradition. I think there are far more 'important' things to spend money on when planning a wedding, and I like to find other cool ways to make the event personal for the couple and memorable for the guests. I do, however, like the idea of a charitable donation in place of a favor for each guest. This is what we were discussing at Tartine. My clients are making a small donation in the name of each of their guests (which amounts to a nice donation!) in place of buying a favor for everyone. We are going to place a small placard at each place setting describing the gift and it's significance will be inherent. Just discussing this element of the wedding was emotional for my bride and her mom. I'm so glad they were able to find a nice way to honor loved ones at the wedding reception, I know it will have an impact.