Meet the Newest MIRA Team Member, Tesia!

After a bit of a hiatus, we are proud to be once again expanding our team of event professionals to better serve our clients. The past few weeks have been very exciting welcoming Tesia Tangonan into the MIRAwed family as our Fall 2017 intern. 

Tesia is a recent graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas where she earned her degree in Hospitality with a concentration in Event and Meetings Management. She recently moved to San Jose to pursue her career in the event industry. 

Tesia describes herself as a passionate individual with a positive attitude that allows her to overcome nearly every challenge she faces. She enjoys hiking, traveling, eating, reading, and dancing Hula/Tahitian dance during her free time. We already adore her and are so glad she is part of our team!

Welcome Tesia! 


Guest Post | Finding The Perfect Bridesmaids Dress


Finding the perfect bridesmaids dress may seem overwhelming. There are so many styles, choices, and colors it is hard to know where to begin. The problem is not a lack of selection- the problem is an overabundance of selection. In order to simplify the selection process, it helps to eliminate some of the choices. Let’s look at a few tips to help you narrow the scope and focus on the perfect dress for the perfect wedding.

The bride sets the stage

The entire wedding is a reflection of the couple getting married. The bride does not conform to her surroundings, she creates the surroundings and they conform to her. Two brides may choose the same venue and have two completely different experiences. While one may choose traditional and formal arrangements and dress, the other may choose a casual elegance that is quietly comfortable. The venue may be exactly the same, but the attitude, style and grace of the bride sets the tone.


The bridesmaid gowns should complement the style of the bridal gown. If the bride is wearing lace and fluff, it is important that the bridesmaids gowns be in the same class of style. The bridesmaids will not wear a casual dress while the bride is in the class of elegance. A different style is acceptable; a different class is not.


A very popular choice for the bridal party is coral bridesmaid dresses. Coral is a popular, timeless color. It can be worn in all seasons and it brings warmth and beauty to the wedding. Coral is easily accented and works well with many floral arrangements. Coral bridesmaids dresses are elegant, understated and appropriate for any wedding venue.


Coral works well with vibrant teal or somber light gray. Coral and teal remind you of the colors of the sea and the inside on a conch shell, so it is the perfect choice for spring, summer, or beach weddings. This color is especially elegant when the bride is wearing ivory.

Dress appropriately

While a strapless gown may be perfect for an elegant wedding on the beach, it may blur the lines of acceptance in a religious chapel wedding. It is the same idea as choosing the shoes, one would not expect a wedding party to try to walk in three-inch heels on the beach, and they would not choose sandals for a church wedding. Also, consider the temperature and the weather. If there will be outdoor photographs, you will want dresses that are warm or cool enough for the season. When narrowing down the choices for the perfect dress, consider what is appropriate for the actual wedding taking place.

Timing and budgeting

The budget is important so that each member of the bridal party can dress and accessorize appropriately. Once the budget is set, the selection of dresses will narrow down for you. It takes time to alter and ship dresses. Allow no less than three months for this additional work. Never wait until the last minute to choose or buy your dress.


By keeping these general guidelines in mind, you are prepared to buy the bridesmaids dress of your dreams!

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Chandana + Imran Part 2

In the early hours of Sunday, August 16th, we were feverishly prepping the grounds of the Fort Mason General’s Residence for an event of epic proportions. Rentals chairs were being stacked and loaded onto the lawn, the smell of fresh naan being baked filled the air, and everywhere you looked there was something beautiful being created.

Yes, after a night of serenades and other sweet offerings, the next step on Chandana and Imran’s wedding adventure was to complete the traditional Hindu ceremony. In an effort to migrate their event from the backyard environment of the previous day to the ultra-elegant reception that would take place that night, Chandana and Imran wanted this section of their wedding weekend to be a blend of rustic elegance. The setting of the venue did just that. With its vintage yet stately architecture and  impressive surroundings, the General’s Residence was a perfect place for this auspicious event.

We migrated the bold, regal colors of the Gaye Holud and turned them into pastel accents. The tropical fusion colors of the Sangeet were also brought into play for the ceremony, creating a vibrant yet intimate feel even among a crowd of 350.

Guests began the day feasting on a delicious breakfast provided by Sakoon before making their way down to the backyard lawn to be seated for the ceremony. The backyard was a vision of fusion perfection, with mismatched vintage chairs and a vibrant yet romantic mandap that I still stare at in awe to this day. The tranquil sounds of a sitar floated through the air as guests stirred with anticipation.

Finally, the drums of the Baraat pierced the sleepy neighborhood. The procession wrapped around the long driveway of the mansion before delivering our groom via a personally decorated pedicab from Golden Gate Pedicab. After the traditional pre-ceremony shenanigans took place (including a key procurement of shoes!) the ceremony was set to begin.

After Imran, the Priest, and the families began the ceremony, Chandana was carried out by her uncles on a beautifully decorated Palki from Avasar Mandap.

The ceremony carried on with beautiful reverence, lots of laughter, and of course an insane amount of love. To this day, this color scheme and design concept remains one of our favorites- just like the families we created them for.



Venue: General’s Residence at Fort Mason Center

Coordination + Design: MIRA Events + Design

Caterer: Sakoon

Vintage Chair Rental: One True Love Vintage Rentals

Mandap Structure, Furniture, and Draping: Prime Party Rentals

Florals: Ingela Floral Design

Staging and Rentals: Stuart Rental Company

Specialty Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rentals

Photography: MP Singh Photography

Videography: Filmtwist Productions

Palki Rental: Avasar Mandap

Pedicab: Golden Gate Pedicab

DJ and Dhol Drummer: Gatsby Entertainment

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


MIRA Events + Design Debuts in Ceremony Magazine!

Making the decision to rebrand was a no-brainer. Making the decision on when to pull the trigger for such a project was a completely different story. There was always an excuse “I don’t have the time right now”, “Its so much work”, or the all important “I don’t want to spend all that money!”.

When Ceremony Magazine, the forefront publication for contemporary wedding design, came calling in search of wedding planners for its Great List, I went from a skeptical tightwad to puddy in their hands. This is the same publication that broke us into the world of magazine print when they included our Scarlet Beauty table as a trendsetting design in last year’s publication. Within minutes, I had not only decided to accept their invitation to be a featured planner, but to finally take the plunge and launch my new company brand with the new issue.

This phone call occurred sometime in early October. The issue would be released after the New Year, just 2 short months away. I immediately got to work. First, the logo. I entrusted my last logo to the incredibly talented and oh so sweet Karla The Card Lady. I knew she would be the best person to transform the trusty old DAED logo into a new and stylish logo that would spearhead the new logo into the next leg of our company journey. I was not disappointed! Once we had a logo, I called up Amy of Weiher Creative, who had been dealing with my commitment phobia of rebranding for about 2 years. I ensured her I was REALLY ready this time, and she graciously took on my project within my desired timeframe. Her work, along with the WordPress Guru that is Jennifer De La Fuente, proved to be spectacular beyond expectation. I highly recommend these ladies for your next website project. After countless hours of account name and information switch-over, I was more or less ready for the new launch.

Seeing the magazine for the first time was so surreal. I was listed among some of my greatest mentors in the industry, my advice in the Grand Ideas section right along with theirs. My gorgeous new ad stood out as the exact reflection I had envisioned for my new company. One of my gorgeous couples from 2013 were also picked up as a featured “Wedding of Distinction”.

Words cannot describe how honored I am as a professional, and we are as a company, to be given this opportunity. I am so proud of what we have accomplished and cannot to share more updates in 2014!