Allure Wedding: Kate and AJ's Pretty Outdoor Fete

One of my very favorite weddings last year was featured on I Do Venues today.  I worked with LA couple Kate and AJ to plan their Northern California celebration for almost a year and I truly enjoyed every minute of it!  Their wedding at the Rengstorff House in Mountain View was on a gorgeous Fall day and it was everything we had envisioned.  Check out some of the beautiful photos by Gavin Farrington, and my description as seen on the I Do Venues post.

Kate and AJ wanted a traditional, classic, and laid back wedding. Their first priorities were fun and family, and they wanted to dine outside with candle light and strung lights that provided the ambiance. The historic Victorian The Rengstorff House in Mountain View provided the manicured lawns and brick patio for the outdoor ceremony and reception, The Other Woman catering company provided the strung IPLs and delicious gourmet BBQ and mac & cheese, and Kate and AJ hosted family and friends and plenty of kids on their big day. The overall look was fresh and pretty, with monochromatic white flowers and touches of clustered baby’s breath accenting the clean, crisp green grounds of the property. Gavin Farrington caught gorgeous golden light as the sun set over the water and reserve. The wedding was filled with hilarious and touching toasts, several servings of seconds, simple personal touches and more hugs, kisses, and high fives than I’ve ever seen before at a wedding. Kate and AJ were a dream to work with and they got their dream wedding!

Wedding Credits: Venue -Rengstorff House at Shoreline Reserve in Mountain View, CA; Photographer -  Gavin Farrington; Wedding Planner and Designer – Christy Daly Matthews, Allure Consulting; Flowers: Shawna Futagaki, Flower Divas; Caterer and Lighting: The Other Woman Catering; Cake and cupcakes: Frost Cupcake Factory

Allure: 5th Week in Review

This week has been so busy; I feel like I barely have time to draft this post!  When it rains, it pours...true for work and 'real' life, I guess! Here's a little of what I've been up to this week:

1.  Big Day of Meetings:  On Saturday, my clients from LA came up for a visit and we were a wedding planning A-Team!  We met with Shawna Futagaki of Flower Divas, Kalani Germono for a hair and makeup trial, Gavin Farrington for a photography consultation, and then had a cupcake tasting and planning session at Frost Cupcake Factory in Downtown Campbell.  (Black Velvet = best cupcake ever!)  We got so much accomplished in the wedding-planning-department and had a ton of fun getting it done!  After a long day...I felt really great.  Confident, energized and's a nice feeling! One of my favorite engagement shots by Gavin.  Look at that light!

2.  Pinterest!  I am always on the look out for inspiration to add to my Pinterest boards...Pinterest is now pivotal to my job as a wedding planner, and I'm addicted personally as well.  This week, I have posted a ton of pictures w notes for several clients.  My boards serve as a reference when I am talking to vendors, brainstorming design ideas, and planning styled shoots.  Kaella and I LOVE Pinterest.  I'm planning on posting specifically on Pinterest later...but for now, check out my boards and follow me if you want!  I'll see you out there, pinners!  (Tidbit: I coordinated Ben Silbermann's wedding, one of the brilliant founders of Pinterest!  Learn more about Ben and Pinterest here!)

3.  Allure on the Inspired Guide on Engaged & Inspired!  Check out our listing...we are in great company!

Now...on to the Oscars!  If the cable guy makes it out in time to fix our dish...womp womp...



Allure: 3rd Week in Review

Another week down!  I felt so productive this last week, and then I look at my current to-do list and everything that was crossed off was immediately replaced by another item!  Like pushing a rock up a hill, this momtrepreneurship thing, I tell ya!  But I love it.  The mom part, the business part... I feel very grateful to be living the dream!  Now if only I got paid for the laundry and dishes... I'm getting off track.  This week in review...Allure!  That's what I'm supposed to be writing about!  Allure!  We were busy bees, as usual.  Here are the highlights:

1.  Invitations.  I am on the hunt for the perfect invitations for my clients K and AJ.  We are working with a modest (normal) budget and the colors are sage green and white/cream.  The ordered the cutest save-the-dates, and now I want to find them a more elegant but still unique invitation suite that incorporates their color scheme, and trees or birds in someway.  Maybe a nest?  Too 'baby'?  I'll know it when I see it.  I've probably logged three hours already on this adventure and I won't stop til I find a couple great options for my great couple! 2.  Kalani Germono.  I needed an amazing hair and makeup stylist for a client and I found a gem.  Kalani Germono.  She has a name I'll always remember!  Anyway, talking to Kalani on the phone makes you want to be her best friend.  Her yelp reviews are incredible, her work is to-die, and her prices are ridiculous.  Don't tell her I said that last part.  Ridiculous in good way.  I mean, I'm scheduling myself an updo just for kicks because I want to look fabulous for a day and CAN!  Hair and Makeup always surprises my brides--it's more expensive than they would guess and often, it's cost-prohibitive.  I get it, I understand why, but it's also so refreshing to know that some people are doing great work and aren't charging so much for it that I can't pass them on to my brides.  My glowing referral of Kalani to my client landed her a trial run for hair and makeup!  I couldn't be more excited to have connected with Kalani and I am so confident my bride will like her too, which is a great feeling.

3.  Wedding Wire.  Allure is officially open for business on  Notice the bottom of our right-hand column on this very blog...a link to our vendor endorsements on!  What do you think?  Too much for a sidebar?  Let me know, I need opinions before I hound Kaella for one and present myself in an authoritative light!  Just kidding, she knows I need her design eye...Kaella, what do you think? Anyway...being on WeddingWire is very exciting.  Allure is now represented on all of these wedding search engines:,,,,   It's a place for reviews, endorsements, pictures and our VIDEO!  This video is a promo I shot with my friend Martin Rosetti, of Fill in the Blank Media, a few months ago.  It will be on the Allure website soon, but is up on my WeddingWire profile now!  Work your magic, WeddingWire!