I’m busy editing, editing, editing… but wanted to share a dew delights from a recent ceremony at the beautiful Chapel of Grace in Grace Cathedral. Love this bride’s style!
Here he is. He just turned six and could not be better at loving, and being loved. Thank you, Lenny Gonzalez, for these photographs that melt my heart.
So, picking up where we left off… (here is part 1, in case you need to catch up.) The next stop on our Beyond Blu Bungalow Peninsula tour was Thomas Fogarty Winery, a story-book pretty site perched amidst the Santa Cruz mountains that offers amazing views of the entire Bay Area. We were lucky to have perfectly clear (if a bit crisp!) weather and the view really knocked our socks off! Becky showed off the many areas available for use at the winery, including the ceremony lawn at the edge of the mountain, and the gorgeous, huge covered Pavilion that can be used if the weather demands it, where guests are a bit more sheltered but still can still enjoy the incredible surroundings.
The PavilionHappy group!Janece & Lori of Every Elegant Detail along with Karen at Huckleberry Karen Designs devised this striking table, using many of the items we’d seen earlier in the day at Classic Party Rentals. I always love sunny, happy yellow hues and they look fabulous juxtaposed with the teal-y turquoise (tealquoise?) seat cushions and accents. Huckleberry Karen making sure everything is juuuust right…
Janece and Lori from Every Elegant Detail join Karen in discussing their design choices.
Solo guitarist Gabriel Navia (courtesy of Entire Productions) serenaded us as we settled in for a delectable lunch prepared by Thomas John Events. Thomas himself spoke with the group and shared his commitment to using fresh, local ingredients and discussed all the steps that is taking to make Thomas John Events a green-certified company.
Gabriel Navia (booked through Entire Productions) and Cinematt, both hard at work.Thomas John explains his company’s philosophy.I do love a good beet salad!Not to mention seared halibut over sweet potato gnocchi…
And along with the delicious food, we enjoyed some really killer wine! (I know, I know, my job is REALLY hard sometimes!) I’m usually more of a red person, but in this instance, my favorite was the chardonnay (2008, if you care to try some yourself). Mmmm!Carrie and Annie with Thomas John Events took excellent care of us.The gang.
After that, it was back down the mountain to the day’s final destination, La Costanera, a very cool, Michelin-star rated Peruvian restaurant located right on the edge of the ocean in Montara, just north of Half Moon Bay. As I mentioned, it was a perfect, clear day and the ocean view from this site is very, very special indeed. This is one of the very few places in the Bay Area where one can get married right on the beach… or, if you don’t want sand in your toes, you can use the patio and still enjoy the view!
Eric, our host at La Costanera, showed us all the different spaces available and explained the many ways they can be used for weddings both large and small. And we had another very special treat… DJ Eric Yee and his Spintronix team were set up with some tunes, and Annemarie of 8 Count (offering fun, low-key dance instruction for couples, wedding parties, and more) showed everyone a few moves to get loose and comfortable on the dance floor.The ladies are adding the hip smack!
We then settled in around the patio firepit and watched the sun sink into the horizon as Eric brought us plate after plate of amazing La Costanera delectables. The food was truly to die for, and with the gorgeous setting and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the ocean, it’s not hard to understand why La Costanera is such a popular wedding site.
We were all a bit stuffed and sleepy for the ride back (at least, I was!) but the day wasn’t quite finished yet. Wine and nibbles awaited at Blu Bungalow, as well as lovely Liliana and her signature mobile spa party (SPArty!).
We were treated to our choice of three mini-spa sessions – truly, the perfect way to end a perfect day. I’m telling you, Hazel and Blu Bungalow really know how to rock a site tour! Thanks for a wonderful time!
Kudos to the ever-impressive Hazel Bourget and her phenomenal Blu Bungalow team! She had the genius idea to put together a series of Bay Area site tours for potential brides, as well as planners, bloggers, and anyone else interested in all-things-wedding. Last weekend’s tour was the final in the series, and highlighted popular sites on the Peninsula. But, since she is Hazel, this was no run-of-the-mill shuttle-schlepping tour… oh no! It was a day of girlie pampering, delicious food, informative talks, loot-filled swag bags, and (of course) champagne!
…before walking the Blu carpet to board Pure Luxury’s immaculate shuttle.
As an example of how well thought out this event was, during our transit times Hazel planned for the various wedding pros on board to speak with participants about their area of expertise. I discussed how to approach wedding photography, how to find the right photographer for you, etc. and we had a great question-and-answer session. Matthieu of Cinematt gave a similar talk with regards to wedding cinematography. And Jamie Chang of Mango Muse Events briefed everyone with information and details about each site prior to our arrival, so that we could maximize the time we had at each place. Such a great idea!
First Stop: Classic Party Rentals, where Mindy Roark hosted a tour of their Burlingame showroom, bursting with all the necessary elements to create your own, personal wedding decor nirvana.
Just a small sampling of dishware…
Next, we visited Rosewood Sand Hill, where Todd Outhouse and his staff greeted us with big smiles – and pomegranate champagne cocktails.
We toured the many different available spaces at the hotel, which offers a truly luxurious experience and an aesthetic that is very clean and modern, while at the same time warm, rustic and inviting.
In the ballroom, two sample tables created by Huckleberry Karen Designs and Jamie Chang of Mango Muse Events helped guests envision the possibilities, and Karen spoke with the group about selecting flowers and working with a floral designer (remember, if have your heart set on peonies, you’d better plan on a June wedding!)
And I MUST show you these two gorgeous bouquets that Karen designed:
Tune in tomorrow for the rest of the day’s adventures at incredibly picturesque Thomas Fogarty Winery and very cool La Costanera, right at the edge of the ocean! We’ll see more lovely decor from Janece and Lori at Every Elegant Detail, eat a wonderful meal courtesy of Thomas John Events, boogie to the sounds of Spintronix, get a dance lesson from Annemarie and 8 Count, and last but not least, enjoy a little end-of-day spa pampering from Liliana and her SPArty. What a day, right??
We are excited to have Suzy’s work with our bride and groom, Adriane & Andy, from Texas to currently be featured on Grey Likes Weddings site! Adriane’s favorite color is green, so the vibrant Isaac Mizrahi dress was an instant choice for her, and a complete hit with everyone. It also made for a gorgeous pop of color against the natural backdrop at their Napa Valley rehearsal dinner at Rubicon Estates, owned by Francis Ford Coppola. The couple were married the next day at Beaulieu Vineyards in an elegant wedding and reception which incorporated more of the bride’s favorite color. To see more of the wedding as featured on Brides, click here
I recently visited with Janie Medley of The Bride’s Cafe in Richmond, Virginia. Naturally, no visit with Janie would be complete without some floral arranging and photographing! Janie pulled two sweet bouquets together from the fresh blooms she found at the local farmer’s market that day and wrapped them in a pretty sash from Vera Bradley. Janie wants you to know how to do so as well so she’s helping you out with all the names of the flowers and some tips on putting them together. I have to say, though… Janie makes it look soooo easy, but we all know how much talent is involved, don’t we?
Our shoot was also featured on the blog, Wedding Chicks. Check it out – and have fun arranging your own blooms!
I’m so pleased to be teaming with talented wedding photography titans Meg Smith and Lisa Lefkowitz to present a one-of-a-kind workshop this summer, featuring decor design by the incredible Kristi Amoroso and sponsored by Richard Photo Lab, Cypress Fine Albums, California Brides magazine, and Snippet & Ink!
We recently got together to scout, strategize and plan for the workshop, and WOW. I mean WOW. It is gorgeous. It’s really going to be a spectacular setting, and we’ll be making the most of it.
It’s not easy to make the stars align for all THREE of us, plus Kristi, to come together for something like this, and honestly, this might be the only time we manage it… so if you would like to spend a couple of days learning about shooting techniques, marketing and PR strategies, exchanging ideas with like-minded artists, shooting beautiful wedding-inspired set-ups, and simply relishing the incredibly gorgeous wine country estate setting… then register today! There are only a handful of spots left!