The Sustainable Table – Your Holiday Table Style Guide

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It truly is the most wonderful time of the year! We love the holidays for a variety of reasons: the food, the family, the jolly spirit, and of course, the decor! Helping clients design their holiday tablescape is one of our favorite ways to get into the holiday spirit, and this year we decided to do something we have never done before to get into the mood. 

Welcome to first ever holiday table style guide! We have taken some of our favorite designs and broken them down to show you how to recreate the same style in your own home. Furthermore, we have worked hard to embrace sustainability in every aspect of the design. Each element shown has some sort of sustainable feature- whether its environmentally friendly, sourced from a local small business, or has a social responsibility factor. This consciousness is something we aim to include in all future designs and events, one of the exciting changes happening for MIRAwed in 2018!

For now, sit back and enjoy some fun holiday inspiration! 

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Urban Glam

Everyone who lives in the city will tell you that they love the energy that comes with the location. Whether its San Francisco, Phoenix, or somewhere in between, we love integrating the industrial feel of a big city with cozy elements to create something multidimensional, trendy, and of course glamorous. 

Associate Planner Kristan Shamus took the lead on designing this urban glam holiday table, complete with fabulous copper touches and modern, earthy elements. Imagine a table full of fine glass and crystal details softened by wooden and pine greenery while your TV broadcasts the yule log in tune to classic holiday music and you sip a delicious holiday cocktail… perfection!

Sustainability notes: In addition to being stunningly gorgeous, copper can be recycled 100%, which means that even if the dishware gets tossed after a few years it can still be put to good use. Soy candles are both trendy and sustainable with a cleaner burn that traditional wax candles. Dried lunaria can last for several uses if properly cared for, and looks great in a wide variety of designs. 

  1. Como Copper Flatware from Pleasanton Party Rentals 
  2. Copper Charger from Pleasanton Party Rentals
  3. Ivory Dolce Napkin from Pleasanton Party Rentals
  4. Soy Candles
  5. Cranberry Moscow Mule recipe found on Joyfully Healthy Eats
  6. Pure Glassware from Pleasanton Party Rentals 
  7.  Personalized gift box from Sugar & Chic Shop
  8. / 12. Glamorous Decor from Your Vintage Affair
  9. Oak Leaves, Seeded Eucalyptus and Oregonia Garland from Pacific Coast Evergreen 
  10.  Snowflake Wine Charm from Lamas Creations
  11. Hand-Blown Glass Decor from Allison Kreft Designs 
  12. (see 8.)
  13. Dried Lunaria
  14. Dried Thistle
  15. Sola Wood Flowers from The Wooden Menagerie

 


Mountain Boho

Nothing says winter like a cozy cabin in the mountains. Tahoe winters are truly magical, and we wanted to bring some of that inherent beauty into the design of this table. Our fall intern, Tesia took the lead on sourcing many of the elements for this bohemian inspired, rustic design.

Pine and wood are two favorite elements to integrate into any holiday design table. By adding a little bit of local charm you can transform your table into something that is both calm and bright. 

Sustainability Notes: Gauze and silk, when made organically from a local source, are some of the most sustainable materials out there. They can transform any table design to add a whimsical and/or romantic touch. We love using them for any season, but cozied up next to some locally sourced pine twigs and under the glow of a soy candle might be our most favorite of all!

  1. Gauze table runner, such as available from Tan Weddings & Events 
  2. “Fiddle” Stainless Steel Flatware from Celebrations Party Rentals
  3. / 7. / 8. Pine garland, modern autumn wreath, and woodsy white mason jar arrangements, such as available from Twine & Dandy
  4. Hand-made ceramic dinner plates, as available from Jered’s Pottery
  5. Hammered Copper mugs from Stuart Party Rentals 
  6. Scented soy candles, locally made by Once Upon a Candle
  7.  (see 3.)
  8. (see 3.)
  9. Wood stump seating cards, as available from Menakshee Designs

 

Winter Desert

Even if there is no snow, the desert can be a magical place in the winter time. The frigid air over a subtle colorscape makes for an inspired view. For this design, compiled by lead designer Miranda Meisenbach, we wanted to showcase some of that natural inspiration. 

Using elements native to Arizona, we created a design that would fit into any southwestern home with a simple color palette and light texture. We didn’t want to just go for the iconic saguaro motif like most typical desert designs, but that didn’t stop us from integrating our famous cactus in smaller details.

Supporting local businesses was also a highlight of this design, most strikingly in the custom wood table pictured in the collage. No dining room table is complete without a striking table, and we cannot resist good craftmanship. One of our preferred vendors, Stems & Style, has teamed up with local craftsman Neft Pichardo on a line of high end wooden tables available for rent. Neft has over 25 years of experience and specializes in high end woodwork and custom finishes. 

Sustainability Notes: Sourcing local goods reduces greenhouse emissions caused by the entire consumer marketplace. The less distance a product has to travel to get from manufacturer to retailer to customer the more environmentally friendly! Shopping local is the best thing and individual can do for the local economy.  Utilizing locally foraged elements such as octotillo bones, pine, cotton, and pinecones is fun, sustainable, and available closer than you might think!

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  1. Small succulents (painted or not) act as great place card holders
  2. This adorable stone saguaro, along with other amazing decor, available from Olivewood Designs
  3. / 9. Ocotillo bones with locally foraged pine and pinecones created by MIRA Events + Design
  4. Custom built wood table by Neft Pichardo via Stems & Style 
  5. Ceramic Dinnerware, as available from CatsEyePottery
  6. Gold Cactus Mug from Practical Art
  7. Cotton inspiration, as shown by Only Deco Love
  8. Hemp or organic cotton napkins, as available from A Well Worn Story
  9.  (see #3)
  10. Ceramic Tiles and other local artisan crafts, as available from Arizona Gifts
  11. Gold modern flatware, available for rent from The Confetti Studio 

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Let Us Help!

We LOVE bringing a vision together. The holidays are hectic enough, let us step in and help! We offer custom design services, as well as small piece decor rental and installation services. Contact us today- its not too late to get the holiday table of your dreams!

 

Happy Holidays!

Love, Team MIRA

How To Keep Your Fiancé Engaged In Wedding Planning?

Although planning your dream wedding sounds glorious, many engaged couples lose motivation to make it a picture perfect celebration. There are many factors that make a wedding logistically sound, including; budget, timing, and location to name a few. Can you imagine the stress that couples undergo if any of these factors started to weaken? Insufficient funds and unfulfilled deadlines can send a relationship plummeting. What was once an inspired conversation now turns to arguing and bickering, leaving resentment between two lovers. So the question is, what can I do to keep my significant other engaged in the wedding planning process? Let’s take a look at some helpful tips.

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Figure out what you both want.

Communication is an essential part of any healthy relationship. By telling each other what you want, you and your future spouse begin to visualize an ideal celebration. Asking each other questions can help discover both party’s preferences, as well as build motivation. By combining both bride and groom’s ideas early, the planning process becomes clearer and a perfect wedding starts to seem tangible.

As a wedding company we love to understand both our clients and the vision they want for their wedding. Before we begin anything in the planning process we always send out a questionnaire that gets all parties involved in identifying priorities and preliminary ideas for all aspects of the day. These concepts are built upon throughout the planning process. 

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Divide and conquer.

Don’t do all the work and stress yourself out even more. You and your companion are a team! Make sure your partner has equal responsibilities in the wedding plans, and that you haven’t taken on more than you can handle. Your fiancé may have something different in mind for an ideal wedding, so what better way than to give your spouse a role that he/she wants to be involved with. While you may be interested with floral design and stationery, your partner may be interested in food and music. Divide and conquer is the motto and this method will help relieve your stress.

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Give your partner control.

Giving your partner control can be motivating, and provide a new sense of ownership. An easy way to give your partner control is to allow him/her to plan one or two aspects of the event with complete control. Since most men don’t have a particular interested in much of the “standard” planning that comes with weddings, giving your fiance the green light to prepare a surprise is a great way to get them engaged and excited about the details. 

At MIRA we encourage couples to plan surprises to take place during the wedding reception. When surprises are incorporated it gives a personal touch of what the groom wants to do and not what he has to do. It sets aside the “sterile” planning and allows him to have fun with a creative idea for his bride-to-be.

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Stay in the loop.

We encourage couples to always keep their significant other constantly aware of what is happening. A key factor to mutual agreement is to make sure he/she recognizes all the finer details that are being put into the wedding.

At MIRA we try our best to keep an open line of communication with both the bride and groom to prevent from anyone being left out. Open lines of communication include but are not limited to cake design, transportation, entertainment, etc. We also like to combine all important files (contracts, budget, timelines, etc.) and share it on the cloud so clients can have access whenever they please. This gives each individual the freedom to open up any emails and find any information they need to be included in the wedding.

Amy Gray Photography

 

Bonus Tip: Schedule Wedding Time

If none of the above sound like the right fit for your partner, concede by respecting that they just might not be interested in this whole planning business (that’s ok, you’ve got an amazing wedding planner anyway!) One tip we give all clients is to make wedding planning time a regularly scheduled item. You AND your fiance might find it hard to dutifully select ceremony music or go through the hors d’eouvres list after a long day at work. Scheduling time specifically for wedding planning not only helps both parties prepare for the massive amounts of decisions that need to be made, but also ensures you stay on track throughout your planning process. 

Happy planning!

Exciting News for MIRA Events + Design!

For 8 long, beautiful years I have worked endlessly to see my little business grow and sustain in the San Francisco Bay Area. For the last 3 of those 8 years, I have enjoyed traveling all over Northern California in pursuit of our mission to create meaningful, inspiring, reverent, and generally awesome events for our clients. All in all, California has been not only MY birthplace, but the birthplace of MIRA Events and every other dream I’ve ever had.

Sometimes, our dreams don’t come true the way we envision them. Sometimes they don’t come true at all, unless you do something drastic. My dream of owning a house in my hometown of Los Gatos, for example, was simply NOT going to happen for a single mother running her own (mainly seasonal) business. My dream of raising my children close to family wasn’t going to happen with them all living hundreds of miles away. My dream of going back to school to finish my degree wasn’t going to happen living the lifestyle I was. I knew, after 8 long, beautiful years, that it was time to make a change.

Rather quickly, a series of events occurred that lead me to make one of the biggest decision I have ever made. I decided to move, for the first time ever, out of state to live closer to family in Cave Creek, Arizona.

The decision happened quickly, but the move did not. We were in the midst of wedding season, and every day it became harder and harder to say goodbye to the glorious weather, diverse geography, and thriving spirit of my beloved California. I just couldn’t imagine not being back in my home state on a regular basis. I began to think….

Why did I and my company have to choose? Why couldn’t we do both? Why couldn’t we offer comprehensive and personalized planning and design services to clients in both states? We couldn’t we use our dual location to bring our clients fresher ideas, cross culture inspiration, and even more vendor resources? Why couldn’t we dedicate our summer months to California clientele and escape the ghastly heat of the desert?

After climbing over the bulk of our biggest wedding season yet, I slowly began to put the pieces together for the relaunch of the new company. There is still much to be done, including a website revamp and a formal launch in Arizona, but I am so excited about the mountains of possibilities (pun intended) that this news simply could not wait any longer.

I am pleased to announce the expansion of MIRA Events + Design!

We now offer our distinct wedding and event planning services to clients in both California AND Arizona- and beyond! We are excited to continue our mission of creating unique beauty for our clients and producing seamless, stress-free events.

More news is still to come, so please stay tuned for more details about our new location and upcoming events!

Love,

Miranda

Mandi + Luke

This week we are super excited to showcase photos and the awesome story of two great clients: Mandi and Luke!

Mandi called me one day to discuss her upcoming wedding. “I’m SO freaking excited. We’ve been together for 15 years, and we are FINALLY getting married!” Her energy was infectious. She went on and on (in the most endearing way possible) about her vision for a beautiful, nature inspired Tahoe wedding.

The venue search was the most hilarious venture I have ever embarked on with a client. Mandi was adamant about her and Luke’s love of the Squaw Valley area of Tahoe, declaring that they had spent so many special times there together and would love to celebrate their union in this area they held so dear to their hearts. After a round of site visits, a comprehensive list of Squaw Valley area venues was provided to Mandi and Luke for review.

A few weeks went by, and when pressed for feedback, Mandi replied with “we love the venues, but can we also check out Heavenly? It’s a really special area for Luke and I and we would love to see what options are available there.” Absolutely, not a problem. We contacted our site rep at Heavenly and she immediately prepared us a special quote tailored to fit Mandi and Luke’s vision and budget.

After presenting them with this option, another couple of weeks went by. When pressed for feedback again, Mandi responded: “This looks really great. Can we also please check out Northstar? Luke and I have been there a few times and its really special to us. We love the idea of  getting married at Northstar.” I could not help but laugh out loud. After another round of proposals and many more discussions, Mandi and Luke had finally found their perfect wedding venue.

Tahoe area inspiration and wine-infused accents were the design theme for this wedding. However, throughout the weekend, it became extremely apparent that the overriding theme of the event was LOVE. Love between family, love between friends, and most importantly, love between Mandi and Luke.

The two had met as pre-teens from rival competitive dance schools. Fast forward 10 years and they were teaching dance together, eventually opening up their own dance studio.

We love when we get to bond with our clients, and this wedding was truly special. Mandi called me one day with a bridal conundrum. “Miranda, I don’t know what to do. We have no little girl who wants to be our flower girl at our wedding. I’ve always envisioned having a little Flower Girl bouncing around in front of me while I walk down the aisle”. I happened to be driving my then 5 year old daughter in the car with me and half-jokingly offered her services as a Flower Girl. Mandi exclaimed “Seriously? You’d let me use your daughter?!” Yes, we offer child labor at MIRA Events + Design. Avia was over the moon at the chance to be a Flower Girl, and she got to spend a very special day with a very special bride!

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Venue + Caterer: Northstar California Resort
Photography: Gina Clary Photography
Event Design, Specialty Rentals: MIRA Events + Design
Flowers: Events Ink
Cake: Cake Tahoe

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.

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#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!

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*All pictures are from venue websites.