Allure: 20th and 21st Weeks in Review

Hi!  2 more weeks of wedding prep down, 12 to go!  I mean, the season significantly slows down once we get to October.  For the next three plus months, I will be in wedding overdrive. I'm ready, let's go!  (I'd type the lyrics to "I Am Woman" but let's face it, I don't have time.  This woman is busy!) 1.  La Tavola Linens.   More love for one of my very favorite rental vendors!  I visited La Tavola in SF with a bride last week and as usual, I wanted to move right in.  The studio space on Sacramento is inspiring as a workspace and visiting always makes me want to redecorate my dining room.  I mean, I'd have to get the crayons, goldfish, laptop and binders all off the table just to see my current table cloth.  And then I'd probably just realize it needs to be washed.  Clearly, my real life is not as glamorous as my fantasy La Tavola life.  But, oh...if I could pull off a sequined chevron in my kitchen everyday...I sure would.   (Also, I had a great meeting with my bride.  I'm excited about our choices!)  2.  Hidden Villa.  I met clients at this Los Altos Hills venue last week and I was really charmed by it!  I didn't know what to expect from the working farm, historical main house, kid-campers-all-about, venue...but I really liked it and I can't wait for Allure's first wedding there this fall.  Of course, I will share my experience right here on this very blog!

3.  Bowerbird Photography.  This is not my first post about this amazing photography duo.  I just love Ariel and Sam and I can't say enough good things about them.  But I'll try!  Last week, these two lovebirds took time out of their busy schedules and took family portraits for us.  It's been too long since we had a proper, professional photo shoot and I enjoyed every minute of it!  Ariel and Sam are naturals...they are inspiring to work with, they're so supportive and effortless with each other and with the subjects.  My son is not usually cooperative when cameras are around, and my husband likes to pretend he hates having his picture taken (as much as I love having mine taken!).  So our lovely photographers had their work cut out for them.  Below is a sneak peek...!


Bowerbird Photography and Allure Consulting - Our Mission

Happy Wednesday!  Today I want to properly introduce you to my friends Ariel and Samuel Soto-Suver of Bowerbird Photography.  Ariel and Sam contacted me after reading my posts about Allure's passion for marriage equality and gay weddings.  I love everything about this photography duo: their talent, their energy, and of course, the fact that we share a mission.  Marriage equality is important to us all, personally and professionally and I was thrilled to meet others in the industry that are actively reaching out to the LGBT community. The lovebirds of Bowerbird are crazy talented.  The pictures speak for themselves--and they say so much! Check out their website for more beautiful pictures of happy people in love!

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!