Friday, July 31, 2009

What We Have Been Up To...

Sorry for the lack of blog post lately but we have been really busy this season with our weddings! We are excited to start posting some of them on here! Some of the great spots we have worked this year already are:

Cornerstone Gardens
Nicholson Ranch Winery
The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn
B.R. Cohn Winery
Bungalows 313
The Mark Hopkins, San Francisco
Miraval, Glen Ellen

We are really excited about all of our 2009 weddings and are so excited for all our couples!

Please keep checking back as we promise to update the blog more! :)

Happy Planning!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

A Great Find....

So every day we have our blog roll that we read and while reading Blue Orchid Designs Wedding Blog we came across this free online Wedding Vendor Hiring Guide! It is fabulous and if you are getting married you should take a look! The fabulous Laura Hooper did all the graphics for the book and we are just in love with her work! We refer her to all our clients!! We just love her!

So Click Here to Download your Free Online Book!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A Post We Just Loved!

We came across this blog post on Marcy Blum's new blog Adventures of Wedhead! It is a fantastic blog and this post made us laugh out loud! I hope you enjoy it too!!!

Over and Out…….

Posted on | July 28, 2009 |

So rumor has it that at Engage 09, the luxury wedding symposium in the Cayman Islands, a very vociferous planner in the audience attempted to bully the very elegant and very ladylike Darcy Miller into spilling what “trends” she thought had run their course. While Darcy is far too clever to be baited so easily, Eventista has no such qualms and actually has been chomping at the bit to give everyone the list of things she, personally, thinks are VERY MUCH over…

Some of these items (like a favorite song that the radio destroyed by playing over and over until you could no longer bear even a note) were good ideas once. Others were always inane, boring or just plain stupid- she will leave you to decide which things cited fall into which categories:

*Tiers of cupcakes as a wedding cake
*Cutesy and colorful candy displays at weddings (replete with insufficiently sturdy paper bags to take your goodies home in)
*”Celebrity” wedding planners (it says so on their websites) whose celebrity client list consists of having worked with Jennifer Aniston’s body double’s third cousin
*Event planners who are now self-proclaimed “lifestyle” experts (Is there a correlation between throwing a good party and pontificating on styling someone’s life? …I’ve missed it)
*White lounge furniture for after-parties (and pretty soon altogether)
*Poor miserable dogs being stuffed into absurd costumes and dragged down the aisle as a flower creature or ring bearer
*Same goes for terrified small children
*Releasing doves (read this horrendous story today, butterflies, or any other living creature as a testament to your new-age fabulousness
*Television shows that not only encourage but delight in brides and grooms behaving horrifically
*Bride and groom’s first dance that soooo unexpectedly (wink, wink) turns into disco madness (by the way, the wedding party groove down the aisle that was everywhere this week- that was actually cool)
*Etiquette columnists in bridal mags that don’t have a clue what in the world they are talking about and are advising [poor women who listen to them] some bizarro nonsense
*Starting a sentence with “In this ecomomy…”
*Bridesmaids dresses for under $200 that anyone actually thinks will be worn again
*Pretentious and absurd pronouncements on entertaining, such as “Rum is the new Vodka”
*Event/wedding designers “demonstrating” with no irony whatsoever how they can shop in a bodega and throw an absolutely extraordinary 16th century ball for 12 dollars max
* Inspiration boards that are Kafka-esque in their relation to a real wedding (uh, let’s see- I’ve got a twig, a sequin, horses, a fountain, a doorknob and George Clooney)
*4-hour posed photo sessions before the wedding ceremony-(bride has to be up at 4 am for hair and makeup)
*”Black tie preferred” (the super-duper passive aggressive attire suggestion)

Oh, and just for good measure, empty restaurants that wont seat incomplete parties…

Monday, July 13, 2009

SARAH+TAYLOR-Nicholson Ranch-07.11.09

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photo by Jen Good Photography

This weekend we did a gorgeous wedding at the Mission San Francisco Solano and Nicholson Ranch Winery.
Here is one photo from the event and we are so excited to get the rest!
We worked with some fabulous vendors on this event and we just want to take the time to THANK all of them.
Congratulations to Sarah Hemmer & Taylor Holve! We wish you both the very best in life and love.

Our Fabulous Team of Vendors:
Ceremony: Mission San Francisco Solano (SONOMA)
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Golden Gate Strings
Reception: Nicholson Ranch
Caterer: Alex's Catering
Photographer: Jen Good Photography
Florals: Fleuressence Floral Design
Lighting: Twilight Design
Band: Suite Love Express
Cupcakes: Cups & Cakes of San Francisco
Guest Book Stationary: CardGirl
Rental Company: Classic Party Rentals
Linen Rentals: LaTavola Fine Linens

Thursday, July 2, 2009

An Evening with Alice Waters......

A Savvy Event had the opportunity to work with the Center for Land Based Learning on an event with Alice Waters. The evening started at the McNamara Organic Farm with a Q&A with Alice Waters and delicious food from the Buckhorn Restaurant and Local Winters Wineries. After the Q&A 45 invited guest had a private dinner catered by Nugget Market's Head Chef Rachael Levine in the Backyard of the McNamara's home and Organic Walnut Orchard.
A Special Thank you guest out to LaTavola Fine Linens and Hartmann Stuidos for the rentals, Peculiar Pair Press for the Menus and Place cards and Amy Hayson for Michelle Walker Photography. It was so fun coordinating this fabulous event and getting to meet Alice Waters!

Alice Waters and the guest mingling
The Buckhorn Catering Pizza Oven

Q&A With Alice Waters and Craig McNamara
The Entrance to Dinner
The Menu by Peculiar Pair Press

Thank you again to all of our sponsors for such a successful event!

A Savvy Event*LaTavola Fine Linens*Hartmann Studios*Nugget Markets*Peculiar Pair Press*Michelle Walker Photography
and of course this fabulous event never would have happened if it weren't for the wonderful organization for Land Based Learning and Craig McNamara!!! We are looking forward to next year!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Engagement Session by BLR Life Photography-Lauren & Jason

We are so excited to be working with BLR Life Photography and the fabulous Brittany who is the lady behind the camera! Our couple Lauren and Jason who are getting married in October at The Sonoma Golf Club just had their engagement session and the photos are amazing! Brittany did a fabulous job capturing the personalities and love between them! Here are just a few that we had to share!!!

This is our Favorite! I love this one of them eating the ice cream cone! So cute!!!