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...!


Preppy, Nautical, Classic Wedding Inspiration

Hi Wednesday! I want to share my Pinterest board for a bride I am working with on design and planning.  J and I are in the process of collecting inspiration for her fall wedding.  It's at a yacht club in San Francisco and I am so excited about the bright, crisp pallet we are working with!  Think royal blue, aqua, and bright coral and pink...

I think one of the easiest ways to elevate and personalize an event is through linens.  I love mixing patterns and fabrics to create the base of the design for a wedding.  Everything else is on top of the linens, literally.  I'm not afraid to pair bold and subtle, bright and neutral, and of course, the weight and feel of the linen is almost as important as the color and pattern.  The possibilities are endless!  I have a meeting with J at LaTavola in San Francisco next week so we can make decisions.  LaTavola is my favorite rental company for linens, they have an amazing selection and I want to live in their gorgeous SF studio!  We'll head in thinking clean lines, preppy patterns, and bold color combos.  And hopefully, we'll leave with a plan, an order, and a realized wedding vision!   

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