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

A Wedding Planner's Happy Place

Hi!  I am nearing the end of my wedding season this year and I'm starting to review all of the beautiful pictures of my 2012 events.  I love looking through the albums that my photographers send me and I can't wait to share everything here!  For now, I have a little sneak peek of Kate and AJ's wedding at the Rengstorff House in Mountain View.  I coordinated and designed this wedding from start to finish and seeing Kate and AJ so happy was one of the highlights of my year.

Kate and AJ wrote their own vows, and there wasn't a dry eye on the lawn.  Their best friends toasted them during dinner and the laughs and tears started again.  It was truly a love-filled event and being a part of it all reminded me why I am a wedding planner.  Seeing couples take it all in is the best part of my job, and a part of my life I am so very grateful for.

I look forward to sharing more of Kate and AJ's beautiful wedding on my blog later in the year.  Stay tuned!

Fresh and Simple: Allure Wedding in Shoreline sneak peek

chalkboard DIY wedding Hi there!  September is full of Allure weddings and I am thrilled to share some of my Instagram pics from last weekend's wedding at the Rengstorff House in Mountain View.  It was a gorgeous day, and a truly perfect wedding.  I am so fond of this couple--Kate and AJ--and I can't wait to share more of their wedding with you once I get pictures from their awesome photographer, Gavin Farrington.  Including shots of the happy couple themselves!

 

 

 

Centerpiece by Flower Divas.  I LOVE them!

Allure: 13th Week in Review

I'm 30!  My birthday was Friday and I was happy to take a little break from working to celebrate it!  Next week will be a little packed because of it, but it was worth it!  After my husband and I spent a great evening in SF on Friday night, I woke up to a very busy Allure Saturday! Here's a peek at Allure's last week: 1.  Unveiled!  The Rengstorff House in Mountain View is a fantastic little wedding venue hidden in the Shoreline Nature Preserve.  It's a historical Victorian house with beautiful manicured lawns, a wrap-around porch and a cool brick patio.  Unveiled is an event that the Rengstorff House hosts for local wedding vendors to connect with engaged couples...many of whom are getting married there.  It's a much more intimate expo than other ones I have been to (some of which are hectic and stressful), so I was thrilled to have Allure's first table as a vendor be at this event.  I invited my friend, Krista Lynch to 'man' my table with me.  Krista is a wedding photographer--check out a recent wedding of hers on Style My Pretty!  We had a great time talking to brides and grooms and parents, and getting to know other vendors.  I hope to book weddings based on yesterday's conversations, and I will definitely be back for next year's Unveiled!   The linens and tables were provided by Stuart Rental Company for the whole event--big thank you for choosing a color scheme that goes so well with Allure's brand!  And the pictures are by Krista, of course.  I'll post more about this great event as I start to get more post-event info and pics!

2.  Haute Bride Opening Party and Bridal Fashion Show.  Right after Unveiled, I drove home for a quick change, then headed to Los Gatos for the Haute Bride Party.  I put on a racer back tank top, a sequin mini skirt and heels--it was HOT yesterday, even at 7pm everyone was in shorts and tanks.  The warm weather made for a summery, chilled wine kind of a fete and everyone at Haute looked amazing!  Designer Hayley Paige was at the party and presented a runway show of her current line of gorgeous wedding dresses.  There was one with a champagne sequin skirt, I LOVED it!

3.  Marriage Equality Video.  Lastly, I am so happy to present my latest Allure video!  I will do a full post about this later, but I wanted to introduce it here and now as I got the final cut up on youtube just last week.  Huge thanks to my friend Sean Basaman of Good Joe Pictures for producing and directing the video.  I'm really proud of it and so excited to share it here and on Facebook today.

Allure: 10th and 11th Week in Review

Hi!  I took a week off from blogging because my family and I flew to the East Coast on short notice last week, so I have lots to share now!  Getting home and trying to catch up has been hectic, but in a good way!  I'm so excited about what's coming up and everything I am looking forward to sharing with you! 1.  Another Video!  I just saw the rough cut of my new video--I am over the moon about how it turned out!  My friend (and former groom), Sean Basaman, produced it for me and it's about my support for gay marriage.  I am in the process of figuring out what to do with it next...it'll definitely be posted on my website and blog, plus my Wedding Wire storefront.  I'll keep you posted and make an announcement when it's up!

2.  Haute Bride.  Kaella and I met up with our friend Julie Jones of Encore Bridal this week to stop by the new Haute Bride studio in Los Gatos and to meet Lindsie Jones--the owner and designer.  The store itself is beautiful and the dresses and accessories are just beyond.  I wanted to put every single cuff on.  I loved all the bling!  I'm looking forward to the opening night party to officially welcome Haute Bride to the South Bay! Kaella, Lindsie, Julie, Me!  (See?  I need a cuff!)

3.  Unveiled at the Rengstorff House.  I am happy to be a part of this year's Unveiled Event at my favorite Victorian house venue!  On April 21, I will be there with my friend Krista Lynch by my side, manning a pretty pink Allure table.  Hopefully, we'll get to talk to lots of engaged couples and book another wedding at the venue!  Krista, a super talented photographer, and I will be offering a discount to couples that book us both--hooray for collaboration!

So that's my week!  I have been busy---I have a weddings coming up soon, and fall weddings I am doing lots of research and brainstorming for now.  I'm booking meetings every week with vendors and venues and meeting new friends in the industry right and left!  I feel grateful to be doing what I love, but I think I need a little help doing it!  I will be looking for a new day-of assistant very soon...if you are interested, or know someone who is, please let me know!

Happy Easter, everyone!  If you missed Kaella's Easter inspiration board this week...here it is.  I love the pastel macaroons--pretty and delicious!

 

Allure: 8th Week in Review

This was a very productive week!  I spent the rainy days inside working, or at coffee shops working, or on Pinterest 'working' when I needed a break from the work!  Let's start with Pinterest...

1. Pinterest.  I Love Pinterest.  It's an online personal organiztion tool, it's a website to collect pictures with links of things you love, it's fashion, blogs you like to visit, home decor, project ideas, recipes, how-to's...whatever you want to 'pin' onto your 'boards', you do!  For wedding planning/inspiration/DIY it's a daily go-to.  I have boards for current clients, and I show prospective clients my Weddings of My Beautiful Clients board at every first meeting.  Pinterest is time-consuming because it is addictive, not because it is hard to figure out.  And it's time saving, because I don't need to bring individual portfolios to meetings to show clients.  I can do a lot of research and collecting on Pinterest, then send my clients the link to their board.  If you are anything like me, you have had a large spiral notebook at some point in your life, filled with pages torn out of magazines---inspirational sayings and articles, pretty pictures, lists of random ideas or goals...my pinterest account is that beat up spiral notebook.  Except way more organized and less likely to get lost.

2.  New promotional video.  This week, I shot the interview part of the short video my friend Sean Basaman is producing for me.  (Sean Basaman's business website is under construction--but here's a link to his wedding that I planned!)  Sean is an excellent producer and director.  He has been the field producer for Dancing with the Stars, so he knew how to work with a diva like me.  Just kidding.  He didn't know.  Kidding!  I'm not a diva.  Really.  Anyway, we are doing this video to share my commitment to gay rights and marriage equality.  It's a commitment Sean and I share and one that is very important to Allure's mission as a small business.  Shooting the interview was really fun, and I can't wait to share the final product!  It's a project that is also tied into the styled shoot Kaella and I are doing next week with Meg Perotti.  Hint hint...!
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Here's the first video I did for Allure.  On my youtube channel.

3.  2012 Weddings.  This past week, I booked a few weddings and spent time organizing as I prep to start the actual planning work.  Like I've said before...it feels like a lot more work to get weddings than to do weddings sometimes.  I'm about to start a lot more doing!  Here are a few of the venues I'll be working at this year...Rengstorff House in Mountain View, Fort Mason in San Francisco (pic below), St Gregory's and the Presidio Social Club in San Francisco, and the Marin Art and Garden Center.  And in two weeks, I'll be at Tilden Park in Berkeley to help set up a reception for dear friends!

      Gotta go!  I have work to do!