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

Erica + Zach’s Fairytale Adventure Nestldown Wedding

Beauty breeds beauty. 

Being a preferred Nestldown wedding coordinator is certainly a privilege, and one we are very grateful to have. Not only because Nestldown is one of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful venues we have ever seen, but because the people that get married there tend to be really awesome people. 

Erica and Zach were absolutely no exception. From our first consultation we clicked tremendously, a connection that would last through the wedding day and beyond. They are down to earth, organized, funny, and great to look at- a wedding planners dream. Even better was their theme: an integration of their favorite Disney, sci-fi, and adventure movies and books including but not limited to Beauty and the Beast, Harry Potter, and Up!

Um. Hell yes. 

We worked on virtually every detail of Erica and Zach’s special day. First it was enlisting Poetry in Motion catering to provide the perfect mix of comfort foods and gourmet treats to fit a formal yet relaxed affair. Then it was signing on our favorite DJ Jazzy Thunder (aka. Turner Hayes) of Elite Entertainment to provide the sounds for a perfect party. Erica and Zach used personal contacts to fill their photography and videography needs, introducing us to two new awesome vendors in the process: Karla Rodriguez Videography and Gavin Leane Photography. Now it was time for the REAL fun stuff. 

Whimsy, Adventure, and Gorgeousness. 

For any fairytale inspired wedding, great flowers are a must. It was up to the very capable team at Seascape Flowers to produce a floral design fit for a princess. Darcy and her team did amazing, mixing the requested Japanese anemones with some of the most gorgesous cafe dahlias we have ever seen. Mix that with touches of mercury and rose gold metallics and neutral linens and you will find our personal type of heaven. 

Next were the tiny, personal details. Since the goal was to integrate several different movies into one event design we decided to work with non-obtrusive accent decor scattered throughout the event. The welcome table and guest tables included gold mirros and signage covered cloches. A handpainted mailbox was used to collect cards. Moss covered books, old cameras, and globes made up the bartop decor. The rings were carried in seashell containers. 

Even with the plethora of inspiration from their favorite movies, it was important to Erica and Zach to integrate some of their respective cultures into their wedding day. In addition to the Japanese anemones, Erica and her family spent hours creating and stringing the traditional 1,001 paper cranes for us to use during the ceremony and then later on in the reception for dancing. Zach’s culture was brought in during the dancing portion of the reception when the group performed the most intense hora I have ever witnessed. Seriously, it lasted at least 7 minutes and the energy reveberated across the entire mountainside. 

Last but certainly not least was the inclusion of a fun, interactive element. The Booth Bus is a refurbished vintage VW Bus that has been converted into an awesome photobooth. Anthony and his team provide everything, including the light up marquee and fun props. During every operating minute, there was a line in front of the bus- guests could simply not get enough!

Erica and Zach’s Nestldown wedding was one of those events that you’re so excited about, you almost wish they could get married all over again. We consider them dear friends and look forward to our next Nestldown wedding adventure! 

A big thank you to the vendor team!

Venue: Nestldown, LLC

Coordination + Design: MIRA Events + Design

Catering: Poetry In Motion Catering

DJ: Elite Entertainment

Photographer: Gavin Leane Photography

Videography: Karla Rodriguez Videography

Florist: Seascape Flowers

Photobooth: The Booth Bus

Hair and Make-Up: Kelly Jones

Transportation: Corinthian Parking

Specialty Rentals: The Test of Time Vintage Rentals

Vrinda + Jason’s Vintage Mexican Wedding

Vintage Mexican Wedding

Bride Vrinda came to us with a desire for a vintage inspired, Mexican culture infused wedding at her and fiance Jason’s incredible property in the Santa Cruz mountains. We were all in with her vision, and looked forward to creating a beautiful, yet economical, wedding day for them.

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From the very beginning, this wedding was practically a 24/7 obsession bringing details to life. With a conservative budget, we knew that many of the “wow” factors for this wedding would need to come from DIY or other handcrafted elements.

ISO: Mexican Wedding Caterer

First on the list was to find the perfect authentic Mexican caterer. Lucky for us, Casa Vicky’s Restaurant in San Jose has been a consistent resource for great food and professional presentation.We worked alongside Jason and Vrinda to and the team at Casa Vicky’s to cultivate a diverse menu with plenty of vegetarian options.

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Next was the perfect photographer to capture the details of the day. Vrinda had a great experience with Devi Pride Photography, who photographed her sister’s wedding. Boy did Devi deliver! She was easy to work with and went above and beyond on the day of (I even caught her on the floor of the Jason and Vrinda’s house almost an hour after I thought she had left for the day, working on the perfect ring shot inside of Vrinda’s gorgeous bouquet).

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Vrinda has established herself as a top expert on online marketing and lead conversion, with a lot of experience hosting her own events. It was through our mutual friend Leonard Ybarra of Music Plus Events that we were connected in the first place, so of course he was the best fit to keep Jason and Vrinda’s guests rocking on the dance floor all night long. His clean presentation and upbeat personality added a great energy to the evening.

Vintage Mexican Wedding Decor

Finally it was time to get to the fun stuff- the design! Jason and Vrinda’s mountain property is as stunning as can be. The property’s whimsical and organic elements made fusing together the soft, vintage cultural vibe of Vrinda’s vision both fun and innovative. Sassy Diva Designs did an incredible job bringing together the vibrant color palette with wow-factor blooms in our MIRA Private Collection authentic Mexican vases.

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The Stuart Rental Company was the main supplier of our rental needs, including the handsome farm tables used for the head table. All of these vendors, along with specialty vendors for details such as papel picadopaper flowers, and mariachi came together for a beautiful and unique vintage Mexican wedding.

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Wishing these two many years of happiness!

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Vendor Team

Wedding Coordination + Design, Vintage Mexican Vases: MIRA Events + Design

Catering: Casa Vicky’s Restaurant

Photography/Videography: Devi Pride Photography

Florals: Sassy Diva Designs

Rentals: Stuart Rentals

Dessert: Jen’s Cakes

Papel Picado: Amols.com

Paper Flowers: Backdrop Paper Flowers

Mariachi: Trio Sol de Mexico

 

Venue Of The Month – Warehouse 215

Warehouse 215 is a converted art gallery in the heart of the downtown Phoenix warehouse district. For the southwestern client, this venue is the perfect something different from the typical mountainous backdrop scene. Its industrial charm, exposed brick walls, and architectural beams make it a perfect indoor venue for any occasion.

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The venue was easy to find, conveniently just south of downtown with very easy access to both I-17 and I-10. There is plenty of parking both in their dedicated lot as well along the streets and the venue entrance is very easy to find.

Guests enter through the patio, which boasts multiple alcoves for a dynamic space. There is a certain artistic flair to the area, even though only a couple of statues are permanent space. The impressive main entrance into the venue itself is through large, industrial rust metal doors, which lead guests into a small foyer perfect for a welcome table, gift table, or greeter of some sort.

Warehouse 215 offer a generous 4 hours of set-up time (we LOVE that) as well as  5 hours of event time and 1 hour of tear down time in all of their standard event packages. As the venue is indoors, clients have great flexibility with the start and end time of their events- events can end as late at midnight!

The first large open space you will encounter is Bay 2- the space most popular for ceremonies. The layout is encouraging for many different types of ceremony set-ups but circular ceremony seating looks especially great in this space! Clients can choose between a white wall backdrop, brick wall backdrop, or window backdrop and the venue rental includes black resin folding chairs are included.

Photo by Sameer Soorma, courtesy of Warehouse 215
Photo by Sameer Soorma, courtesy of Warehouse 215

After your urban chic ceremony, your guests will make their way throug the front foyer into the patio that they entered from for an indoor/outdoor cocktail hour. This super cute area does not need much embellishment as Warehouse 215 includes 6 cocktail tables and landscaped lighting for ambiance. For smaller events, this area could host up to 85 people for a ceremony.

Photo by Sameer Soorma, courtesy of Warehouse 215
Photo by Sameer Soorma, courtesy of Warehouse 215

One of the absolute COOLEST things about Warehouse 215 is their built in photobooth backdrop! You read that right- a venue that literally comes with its own photobooth backdrop. The gorgeous brick wall facade is easily decorated and the venue provides some props for your guests to selfie the night away!  In addition, Warehouse 215 also has a self-serve camera/printing station as an optional upgrade.

Speaking of upgrades, the venue is easily able to upgrade your rental to include those luxurious details we all love. Ivory linens are available as an upgrade to the included black poly cotton ones. A large chandelier is available for the ceremony space, there are 10 uplights available as well as bistro lights to string across the ceiling.

Photo by Sameer Soorma, courtesy of Warehouse 215
Photo by Sameer Soorma, courtesy of Warehouse 215

When its time for the reception, Bay 3 is the place to be! Three beautiful chandeliers hang down the middle of the event space, included in all rental packages. The venue has a select number of round tables for seating as well as rectangular tables for vendors or stations, however you are welcome to bring in any rentals you wish (AND you have the time to do it with that glorious 4 hour load in window!) Oh, and for the minimalist client, non-floral centerpieces are included in all rental packages.

Photo by Harley Bonham, courtesy of Warehouse 215
Photo by Harley Bonham, courtesy of Warehouse 215

Warehouse 215 can hold up to 300 people in one bay, but the space is zoned to hold up to 1,200 people making it a great option for larger events such as formals and proms. All three rental spaces (and security) are included in rental fee.

Warehouse 215 has a liquor license, so your alcohol service is hassle free as they take care of the purchasing and the bartenders. They also have partnered with 5 exclusive catering companies to ensure exceptional service within this unique space.

What I love about Warehouse 215 is that it is a blank space for clients to do whatever they want. There is a lot of flexibility both layout wise and design wise, which makes this an ideal location for both the traditional and a-typical client. I really love the potential of the space, and even if a client came into the space without budget to invest in a robust design scheme. You can still have a beautiful event because minimalism works here.

For the lighting or technology enthusiast, Warehouse 215 is a dream venue with almost limitless possibilities for lighting design or technology integration.

Brides and grooms are able to get ready onsite with blocked off/semi-private restroom and changing areas.

Warehouse 215 offers a 2 week complimentary hold for clients who are interested in booking the venue but need a little time to make their decision. Their staff is extremely knowledgeable and work closely with the owners to evolve and maintain the venue’s accessibility and general awesomeness.

Photo by Harley Bonham, courtesy of Warehouse 215
Photo by Harley Bonham, courtesy of Warehouse 215

For more AMAZING photos at Warehouse 215, check out their website!

Alexis + Josh’s Kunde Winery Wedding

Oh Monday. You get a rough rep. You signal the start of the weekly grind, as well as announcing the end of the carefree weekend. People curse you. There are bad memes about you. If I didn’t dislike you so much myself, I might even feel sorry for you.

And yet, on occasion, you totally surprise me.

Like when Alexis contacted me in fall of 2015 to let me know that she and her fiance Josh were looking to celebrate their wedding in a destination style in the heart of the Northern California wine country- on a Monday.

Alexis and Josh wanted to create an authentic and intimate wine country wedding experience for their immediate family. It was important to them to be able to show their families the world-famous beauty that the region holds as well as treat them to a culinary experience that the the area is known for.

After several venue tours, we unanimously agreed that a Kunde Winery wedding was the best fit. With its diverse event sites, top notch wines, and high-quality catering partnerships we were able to craft the exact type of event that Alexis and Josh were looking for- with one little hitch.

The Ceremony

It was important to Alexis and Josh to have their ceremony in a church. Luckily, we found a great option with Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Sonoma. Their charming yet impressive interior was the perfect setting for Alexis and Josh’s sentimental exchange of vows, lead by Trinity’s very own Father James Thomas.

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Cocktail Hour

Once the ceremony was completed, guests were shuttled by the always professional Beau Wine Tours 40 minutes north to the Kunde property, bringing them to the top of their Boot Hill site for a sunset basked cocktail hour. Guests enjoyed themselves with signature champagne cocktails and mocktails while playing lawn games and gazing out over Kunde’s sprawling vineyards.

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Alexis and Josh took advantage of this time to take some ridiculously gorgeous photos all over the Kunde Winery property.

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The Bride

I would be remiss not to dedicate an entire paragraph to how utterly AMAZING Alexis looked on her wedding day. Josh, you are great but Alexis was clearly the star of the show on that day. With flawless hair and make-up by the powerhouse Moderne Beauty, she rocked a modernized modest lace detailed gown with the utmost of grace. Her portraits (and really all of the day’s photos) captured by the insanely talented Anne-Claire Brun, are utter per.fec.tion!

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The Dinner

While the guests were enjoying the scenic views above catering and planning staff members were working quickly on finishing touches for the candlelit dinner inside of Kunde’s Aging Caves. Using Kunde’s existing farm tables, we created a romantic and earthy-luxe tablescape with the help of Napa Valley linens, and the amazing Katie with Petals Flowers by Katie. Guests wined and dined in the intimate setting on a fantastic feast prepared by Kunde Winery preferred caterer The Girl & The Fig.

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The sound of great conversation and sweet love drifted throughout the caves all night long until guests had their fill of wine and cake provided by Jen’s Cakes. At last, Alexis and Josh departed from their dream wedding at Kunde Winery hand-in-hand, as they will be for life.

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Vendor Team

Venue: Kunde Family Winery

Church: Trinity Episcopal Church

Caterer: The Girl & The Fig

Rentals: Encore Event Rentals

Linens: Napa Valley Linens

Coordination + Design: MIRA Events + Design

Photography: Anne-Claire Brun Photography

Videography:

Florist: Petals. Flowers by Katie

Baker: Jen’s Cakes

Hair and Make-Up: Moderne Beauty

Transportation: Beau Wine Tours