June 13, 2014

ELLE WEDDING (HONG KONG)


The editor of ELLE WEDDING magazine in Hong Kong contacted me last month to do an interview for an article that they were working on, which focused on destination weddings overseas. I was, of course, elated to share my thoughts and experiences on this topic, as I have always found Northern California to be one of the most beautiful places for weddings. From wineries to museums to coast side venues, there is bound to be a place to capture the heart of every couple. 

The magazine came out this week, on newsstands in Hong Kong and various parts of Asia. In the 4 page spread, I talked about the reasons behind many couples' decision to host destination weddings in San Francisco, the type of venues available for weddings in the area, and how we work with out of town clients. Two of our recent weddings were also featured to showcase the beauty of a San Francisco and Napa Valley wedding.

I truly hope this inspires more couples to consider Northern California for their destination weddings! Thank you ELLE magazine for the opportunity to share our passion and expertise.









For a full list of the awesome Event Professionals who partnered with us on both of these featured events, see our blog posts on Karen and Orson's Napa Valley wedding here, and Danielle and Jonathon's San Francisco wedding here. We couldn't have done it without them!

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June 5, 2014

HOW TO SET A DINNER TABLE



Thank you Brides Magazine, for posting this lovely photo

on how to properly set a dinner table


For most of our weddings, the setting would be a slightly different, but it would largely depend on the menu selected, and the overall design. The dinner plate shown below would typically act as a charger plate, and the salad plate above would be a show plate to simply add more texture to the tabletop. A pretty napkin, along with a menu, could be added to each setting. If you're serving both a red and a white wine glass, then we recommend having one of each stemware, along with a champagne flute if you're planning on having a champagne toast as well. To minimize clutter on the table, we almost always exclude the coffee cup and the bread plate. Coffee/tea can be served when dinner is over, and the show plate or charger plate can be used as the bread plate.

One of the most enjoyable parts of the wedding planning for our clients is the table mock up where we arrange a curated selection of items for clients to see. The entire table would be set as it would at their wedding, including the linens, chairs, centerpieces, etc. Some clients walk in and fall in love with the table exactly as we set it, and others collaborate with us at the meeting to make changes that are best suited to them.



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May 21, 2014

WENDY + ERWIN'S MODERN MUSEUM WEDDING

Wendy and Erwin, a stylish, fun-loving couple from New Jersey, hosted the most swanky soiree for their destination wedding at the De Young museum in San Francisco. It was extraordinarily beautiful and over the top extravagant, yet there were so many personal touches that also made it relaxed and heartfelt.










They exchanged their vows in the modern, urban sculpture garden at the museum. Tall, sandblasted manzanita branches filled with orchids anchored the front and back of the ceremony. The aisle was lined with acrylic boxes filled with water and floating orchids. A white baby grand piano was the perfect touch for the enchanted and sweet ceremony.








Their adorable Yorkshire, named Muffin, was their "baby", so they brought him all the way from Jersey to be the ring bearer for the wedding. We even designed a custom pillow, set on top of a tall acrylic kiosk, just for Muffin to rest on during the ceremony next to Wendy and Erwin! 





Wendy loved stark colors-- black, white/ivory, and dark grey, which was partly what drew her to the De Young. The style of one of her favorite designers, Alexander McQueen, became an inspiration for the urban ethereal wedding that Gloria designed for her. The overall design was dark, but dreamy, juxtaposing clean sleek with old vintage, hrough a modern avant garde filter. 

Guests enjoyed a 360 degree view of San Francisco from Hamon Tower at the top of the De Young museum during cocktail hour, before entering the gorgeous Wilsey Court that was enclosed by custom wall flats with laser cut wooden panels. The dinner tables were dressed in layers of custom tulle by Wildflower Linens, and tall branches of orchids filled the room.










After the bridal party made their grand entrance into Wilsey Court, guests feasted on a sumptuous dinner menu by Paula Le DucFine Catering before dancing the night away. Desserts were presented on acrylic swings hung on one of the laser cut panels, and a fun flipbook both was open all night for guests' entertainment. Towards the end of the evening, Wendy changed into a stunning black Alexander McQueen dress and then again in a peacock colored Vera Wang evening gown for her send off.












A truly amazing wedding for an amazing couple, and as always, we couldn't have done it without a stellar team!

Event Planning + Production: Jubilee Lau Events
Event Design + Styling: Gloria Wong Design
Venue: De Young Museum
Caterer: Paula Le Duc Fine Catering
Photography: Augie Chang Photography
Cinematography: Kevin Chin Cinematography
Floral Design: Asiel Design
Pianist: Bay Music Entertainment
DJ: Ron Grandia
Lighting: Enhanced Lighting
Custom Wall Flats, Cake Pedestal, Acrylic High Boys, Chargers : Blueprint Studio
Ghost Chairs, Furniture, Tabletop Rentals: Hartmann Studio
Custom Multi-layered Tulle Linens: Wildflower Linen
Graphics and Paper Goods: Aria Stationery
Flipbook Booth: FlipFiesta
Makeup/Hair: Mimi & Taylor
Transportation: Pure Luxury Transportation
Wedding Cake: Studio Cake

All photos above by Augie Chang Photography


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May 12, 2014

WEDDING PAPER DIVAS' NEW COLLECTION




So much design is inspired by the fashion world, and wedding invitations 

are no different. Below are some new designs from the Marchesa for 
Wedding Paper Divas Collection, inspired by the runways! 








It's a beautiful collaboration between the iconic fashion brand of Marchesa and the popular online stationery brand Wedding Paper Divas. This new collection includes eight different designs inspired by Marchesa's couture creations from the fashion world. You can view all of it here, and their Save the Dates here.

Practical Tip: We recommend mailing your wedding invitations 10 weeks out, with the RSVP due date 6 weeks prior to your wedding. This gives you some buffer to chase down stragglers, work on your seating assignments, and have your final guest list and seating ready for your planner, caterer, and calligrapher (for the escort/place cards) 1 month prior! 


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