Melissa + Gus California Chic Avila Beach Wedding

Life has a beautiful way of bringing people back into your lives at just the right moment. That’s what happened when Melissa (or Missy, as I had known her for most of my life) sought us out to plan her wedding to long time boyfriend, Gus. It was such an honor to be asked by not only someone you had known forever to plan their wedding, but someone of such style and taste. Working with Missy and Gus was going to be fun, that was for sure.

Besides being a super fun experience, working with Missy and Gus was easy. Missy was organized and decisive, without being overbearing. She knew what she wanted and trusted us to find the right resources. She was flexible and collected while remaining steadfast on her vision. Gus was perfectly resourceful as well in helping source the videography team and selecting the photographer (incredibly talented and oh so charming Ginny Silver). They were a perfect example of a couple working together, and working with them was an absolute dream.

Missy and Gus’ California wedding was a perfect fusion of lively outdoor and beachy romantic vibes. Modern, boho inspired touches gave the whole event a chic and carefree air with lots of attention to small details.

Romantic Beach Wedding Venue

The entire event was held at Avila Beach Golf Resort in Avila Beach, California. This property is extremely diverse and well laid out, so guests really had a chance to migrate through event spaces and have different experience for each section of the day. The ceremony took place on a grass meadow next to a peaceful estuary, with just the right amount of ambient noise from the beach. The cocktail hour was held in the venue’s Beach Clubhouse, a charming space that featured an outdoor patio for guests to enjoy a bit of the California summer sun. For dinner and dancing, guests were seated at long rows of farm tables under the stars on the venue’s main lawn area. Adirondack chairs flanked firepits down towards the estuary, giving guests a peaceful respite from the energetic dance floor.

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California Chic Wedding Design

Missy wanted to keep her palette classic and neutral, sticking with ivories, creams, beiges, with just a touch of blush pink and warm gray. We decided to lean heavily on greenery with statement blooms for a looser, more organic feel. To add in a touch of modernity, we punctuated the design with gold and champagne gold elements such as the geometric accent arrangements used in cocktail hour and during dancing.

We found a true gem in Adornments Flowers when we met and started working with Laurel and her team. With great craft and care, Laurel and her team elevated our vision with their impeccable installations, including one of the most gorgeous flower arches I have ever seen! Along with romantic silk chiffon runners from Party Crush Studios, as well as custom signage from our in-house designer Menakshee Designs and top-notch rentals from All About Events, we were able to help Missy and Gus realize a wedding that truly represented embodied their vision.

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Best Caterer in Town

When I first met Heather of Splash Cafe, I can honestly say I was speechless. Her energy and passion (not to mention killer sense of humor) was both refreshing and contagious- I literally could not have asked for a better vendor partner on this project. Heather and her team performed seamlessly, orchestrating the entire set-up, break-down, food production and service of the entire event without a hitch. The food was delicious, with guests dining family style on true California dishes such tri-tip, roasted brussel sprouts, and margherita flatbread.


A Wedding Day Full of Family and Love

Overall, the day was perfect. Missy wore a gorgeous Hayley Paige gown while Gus looked perfect in a Jos. A. Bank suit. Their sweet and moving ceremony started with a friend of the bride’s late mother singing as Melissa walked down the aisle. The couple also included their lovable fur baby, Saint, in the ceremony- although his adorable back wriggling nearly stole the show! The warm, familial energy carried into the evening with heartfelt speeches and toasts before ramping into a full on dance party which included an epic garter removal.

Towards the end of the evening, firepits surrounded by Adirondack chairs were lit and guests were able to kick off their shoes, fire up a s’more, and enjoy the perfect end to a truly perfect day.

Thank you, Missy + Gus, for letting us be a part of your gorgeous day!

We are OBSESSED with the photos from the event, done by the genius that is Ginny Silver of Retrospect Images. Take a look at some of our favorites!

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Venue: Avila Beach Golf Resort

Coordination + Design: MIRA Events + Design

Photography: Retrospect Images

Videography: Steelhead Cinema

Catering: Splash Cafe

Rentals: All About Events

Silk Runners: PartyCrushStudios

DJ: Caliber DJs

Bridal Hair: Hair by Nicole Wasserman

Bridal Gown: Hayley Paige

Groom Suit: Jos. A. Bank

Bridesmaids Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu

Elena + Gerry’s 25th Anniversary

The beautiful Asilomar beach, a sunny and breezy day, and an intimate group of friends and family made this 25th anniversary ceremony extraordinary in every way.

Gerry and Elena’s special day was extra special because of many reasons, a big one being that their love was finally publicly being celebrated. These two were so excited to finally have a wedding to call their own. With their children by their sides, Elena walked down the aisle in her stunning white gown with bouquet in hand toward her loving, ecstatically happy husband.

Take a peak into this heartwarming day!

Amazing photos by Jason Cardoso Photography.

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Erika + Daniel’s Handcrafted Half Moon Bay Wedding

It’s been a year since this lovely wedding, and we couldn’t help but share photos with you all to relive this day.

We live for clients like Erika and Dan. From the minute Erika and I started our initial phone conversation, I knew we would be a great match to plan their wedding as well as be lifelong friends afterwards. We were enlisted to take their sweet, outgoing and fun-loving romance and translate it to a budget-friendly wedding design for their close friends and family to enjoy.

“Somewhere around water” was Erika’s only request, and we successfully planted them at the coastal gem that is Maverick’s Event Center in Half Moon Bay.

There were multiple personal and handmade details that made the day entirely unique, and everyone there was authentically and genuinely excited for the couple.

Amazing energy, amazing couple, amazing day.



Venue + Caterer: Maverick’s Event Center (
Photography + Videography: George Street Photo (
Event Design, Rentals, Origami Ships: MIRA Events + Design
Flowers: Sassy Diva Designs (
Pies: Marie Callendars
1st Corinthian Wood Hangers: Groom
Bicycle Cake Topper: Etsy


Twists to the ‘Normal Bride’

We always love to hear when our bride’s come up with great ways to personalize their vision. We’ve seen so many wonderful unique touches and alternatives to wedding norms, starting with how the bride envisions herself on her day… here are some of our favorites!

1. Non-white wedding dresses

Love love love! How beautiful is this Lazaro blush tone wedding gown? Whether it be a light blush alternative or a daring blue accent, you’re sure to turn heads!

2. Bling bouquets

Bling and brooch bouquets are stunning. This one designed by Bling Bouquet ( is simply gorgeous! Not only are they elegant, but they can also be custom created. They offer a great chic and modern twist.

3. Footless Sandals


On such a wonderful day, the last thing a bride wants to worry about is her feet hurting. Although this new trend is wonderful for a beach wedding, it could also work for the reception or many other venues. Anything to make a bride feel more comfortable and carefree should definitely be considered! These beauties can be found here.

4.Flower Jewelry


Yes, you read it correctly. Flower jewelry is a thing, and we are obsessed! If you want the perfect fresh cut flower that lasts forever as a memory from your day, this is the best choice. is the creator of these stunning orchid earrings below.

5. New Ceremony Rituals – Handfasting


Handfasting is an old Pagan custom, dating back to the time of the ancient Celts. This sweet ritual binds you and your loved one right around the time you give your vows. It’s the perfect way to represent your personal infinity.

6. Alternatives to Bouquet and Garter tosses – Finding The Longest Love

What’s more sweet than having the best example of love encourage you on your own day? Instead of tossing your bouquet, look for the couple in the room that has been married the longest and hand that bouquet to them. What a great way to honor them as well!

7. Midnight Snack Bar

6 All that dancing and celebrating can get you and your guests hungry. Why not give them some snacks? From popcorn bars to donuts, this little addition to your day can make all the difference in the happiness of your guests! came up with this awesome cookies and milk treat.

8. Choreographed Dances

Whether it be the bridal party, first dance, or father/daughter dance, why not have some fun with it? This is one of the only chances you’ll get, so make it as worthwhile as you’d like!

9. Non-tent Structures

7Having that wedding outside? Why not consider using styled drapery instead? With a bit of décor, the place can go from normal to elegant and refined!

10. No more sitting!


Is your ceremony short and sweet? Consider having your guests stand with you and become active participants in your vows! This stunning photo from Wedding Planner Magazine captures this stunning concept.


Have a great idea you’d like to share with us? Send us a message and you could be featured on our blog!

Our Top 5 Lake Tahoe Venues

As MIRA Events + Design expands our clientele, we have been able to see and experience beautiful new locations for the ultimate event. We’ve grown from local weddings in the Bay Area to events in Napa County, Southern California, and even out of state.

Each new venue that we experience unveils new inspirations and ideas. An area that we have grown very fondly of is Lake Tahoe. Couples from all over make the trip to Tahoe to create and bring to life their unique vision. With such a stunning canvas of forest, mountains, and of course the beautifully blue lake, Tahoe is a great choice for a destination wedding. Here are our top 5 venues for Tahoe:

#5 – Granlibbaken

The Granlibakken is located less than mile from Lake Tahoe, with gorgeous scenery and outdoor and indoor reception spaces. The lodge is decorated with warm wood and a massive stone fireplace that gives off just the right amount of coziness! Our favorite room is the Mountain Ballroom, with 16-foot ceilings and its own outdoor deck.
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#4 – Northstar Weddings

Oh, how we love Northstar. This gorgeous ski lodge is also a great place for events. With private firepits, Gondola rides for guests, and transportation, Northstar always has something to do. The amazing view is a given.
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#3 – The HideOut

Are you looking for a secluded and unique space? Then the HideOut might be best for you. The elaborate main lodge on the property is surrounded by thousands of acres of National Forest, rivers, a private lake and Tahoe mountains. With such freedom and room aside from usual ceremony spaces, The HideOut is a great canvas for the event of your dreams.

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#2 – East Fork Ranch

Mountain views lay out this beautiful scene. East Fork Ranch is a new Lake Tahoe venue on 44 acres. This is a perfect location for a secluded yet open space for a wedding! Find more info about East Fork Ranch here.


#1 – Twenty Mile House

Our #1 spot goes to one of our all-time favorite places for a great event – The Twenty Mile House. This former historic stagecoach stop offers 200 acres of stunning, quaint and secluded event space. With rivers, beautiful gardens, private river access, and a gorgeous venue space, this is the Lake Tahoe wedding dream come true. The possibilities to creating your own unique event here are limitless!

Twenty Mile House

*All pictures are from venue websites.