Events

A Very Lavender Wedding

The adorable bride and groom; Ryan and Danielle

The adorable bride and groom; Ryan and Danielle

This summer I had the greatest honor of being asked to perform the day-of coordination for the sister of one my dearest friends, Danielle, aka Sister! This wedding was so special to me because I love this family and it was so great to be able to produce a seamless and stress free event for them. In addition to working with the family, I had the help of two of my most favorite people to work with and close friends, Allegra and Lia.

The couple chose one of the most breathtakingly beautiful venues I have ever seen, Woodinville Lavender Fields in Redmond, WA. Woodinville Lavender was everything I wish for in a venue; well kept, organized, great communication and every process was well thought out. They obviously harvest and sell lavender whole sale, but from as an event venue, they make it so easy to hold your event with them.

Woodinville Lavender has predetermined ceremony locations on the property, each with a different view so you have a choice but with each location, the setup is determined so there is no re-inventing the wheel! There is a greenhouse, a really gorgeous tent with built-in lighting, and a barn with a patio. Woodinville provided almost everything; from the benches and arch in the reception to the lawn games and hi-boys used during cocktail hour, even the tables and chairs for the reception and these gorgeous wine barrels used for trash cans and hiboy!

From a venue standpoint, this is genius because it cuts down on the amount of vendors setting up on your property. It was seriously my greatest dream come true! #venuegoals! The rentals were limited to decor and china, and there was really minimal decor needed with such a gorgeous space. The owner, even rolled out heaters and provided really cool buckets for the sparkler send off. One of the coolest things; there was a “She Shed” for the bride and bridesmaids the relax and finish getting ready before the ceremony. To my amazement, Tom hand built the shed and the wooden benches used during the ceremony. He, most likely built other items around property! I was soo impressed, if you own an event space THIS is the way you should do it!

The ceremony took place in the lavender fields…. of course!!

Cocktail hour took place outside the greenhouse while the bridal party took pictures throughout the property. There was beer and wine served in the greenhouse and the guests enjoyed the lawn games.

The reception took place underneath the tent. The dance floor and DJ were adjacent to the tent on the farmhouse terrace. The bar and dessert were inside of the farmhouse. One of my favorite moments (there were many for this wedding) was that the bride chose to have Joyful Joyful, the Sister Act 2 version, play during the cutting of the cake.

The couple ended the night, stunningly, with a sparkler send off and drove away in a vintage Bentley.

I am so thankful for my team that executed this event!

My right hand: Allegra

Makeup and “hey can you do this” coordinator: Lia

Liason for family and BFF: Vanessa

Property Manager: Tom

Photographer: Samantha McFarland

Caterer: Bread and Circuses

DJ: Brian @ Emerald City Productions


Congrats to the bride and groom, I am excited to see all the wonderful, love-filled moments that lie ahead!

Robi & Leo Wedding Day Coordination

My first event in May held a special place in my heart. Robiannce and I were both in the Hotel College at UNLV (University of Nevada Las Vegas) and served on the board of NSMH (National Society of Minorities in Hospitality) together. I have so many fond memories of us traveling together, attending conferences, complaining about our respective internships and so many days of us talking about the futures we wanted. This day was the perfect addition to our long list of memories.

Robi asked me to perform her wedding day coordination and touch base routinely to ensure her planning was on track. She chose Spring Mountain Ranch as the venue and planned the details of the wedding. Leading up to the wedding we met together over several brunches and long coffee dates to review details and logistics of the big day. 

Spring Mountain Ranch has a breath taking backdrop of the mountains. The ceremony took place on the lawn in a spiral seating, coffee hour took place in the gazebo and the reception took place on the lawn as well. Robi arranged for the equipment and decor to be delivered in trucks. With the assistance of an amazing team we set the coffee hour, ceremony and staged the reception then during coffee hour we set the reception. My responsibilities for the day included setup and teardown of the event, ensuring the wedding was on schedule and expediting the food from the food truck that provided catering. 

It is always an honor when a couple asks for me to be apart of their special day but it was so amazing to see Robi and Leo happily begin this new chapter in their life. I am so happy that I could help bring Robi's vision to Fruition. 

Here are a few pics from the beautiful day!

Venue: Spring Mountain Ranch

Furniture Rental: RSVP

Catering:

Photographer: Kenni Smith

The Real Reason You Should Have a Destination Wedding

Destination wedding

In honor of planning my second Wedding in Jamaica (and loving it!) I am going to let you know the REAL reason you should have a destination wedding; IT'S A BUDGET SAVER!!

I know what your thinking, "How can a trip to Jamaica save me money?". I'll tell u! 

  1. Less mouths to feed (and buy drinks for) - In planning a destination wedding you will average about 30% of the guests you invite. Sorry to the family and friends that can't make it but the less guests in attendance, the smaller the cost of the reception. Holding a wedding in your hometown can easily add up to 150 guests. 150 ppl x 40 per plate = $6,000 and that's just food!
  2. Less decor to purchase - With a destination wedding your decor and theme is the backdrop of your venue. There is no need to decorate the beach, mother nature has it covered!! A ballroom could take a lot of decor to make it unique to your wedding.... sometimes even presentable. 
  3. Combine the honeymoon - A destination wedding already takes place in the dream location of your choice. For the honeymoon take advantage of the location and stay a few extra days. Most resorts provide accommodations or concessions to the bride and groom that will make your stay even more luxurious.

 

So despite what you may think, a destination wedding could be a cost effective (and awesome) way to get married. Traveling to a beautiful location with the ones you love most is just the perfect start to your marriage! 

If you've attended or thrown a destination wedding, share your tips and experience below!!