Friday, December 28, 2012

Event Design: Organic & Rustic Rehearsal Dinner

I had so much fun doing the event design and coordination for a lovely couple’s rehearsal dinner. The bride and groom both live in New York, but they decided to get married in San Francisco where the bride is originally from. Since there were going to be so many out of town guests (150 to be exact), we wanted to treat the night as more of a welcome to San Francisco. Instead of having a formal sit down dinner, we decided to do a cocktail party where people can enjoy drinks and light hors d’oeuvres while socializing with friends and family.

The event was held at Alexis Laurent Art Gallery, a hidden gem in the middle of a business district in San Francisco. We were greatly inspired by Alexis’ installation piece, which was a wall filled with succulents. It was almost too good to be true because this was exactly the look we were going for. The bride wanted the d├ęcor to have a very rustic, natural, organic feel with a cool vibe.  On to the details…

When guests arrived they were greeted by a large chalkboard asking them to leave a note for the bride and groom.  For the rentals, Instead of doing the typical tables with linens, I found these great rustic looking dining and cocktail tables that had wooden tops with metal legs. I fell in love with one version of the table that had a trough going down the center of the table, which I filled with succulents, branches, and moss. I also made wooden boxes filled with succulents to use on some of the other tables. At the center of the room, we created a lounge area with bolster furniture, wooden stools, and coffee tables. We also surrounded the room with wooden hurricane stands that held pillar candles that were wrapped in twine. The uplights and area washes were amber and ivory tones that added warmth to the room.

The dessert table was a fun treat for the guests - consisting of cake pop, brownies, mini pies, and caramel popcorn. I found this great wooden shelf to act as a backdrop and worked perfectly to hold some of the desserts. To keep with the chalkboard theme, I added mini chalkboard tags to label the desserts. At the end of the night, we handed out “Keep On Rockin’” flyers that I had designed to inform the young guests that they can continue the party at a nearby lounge.

My favorite part of the evening was seeing the bride and groom’s reaction when they walked into the room. They were amazed at how the venue had transformed. One guest even told me the bride’s first words when she walked in were “wow”. I was very fortunate to have had the chance to work with such a wonderful couple and their family. Thank you for allowing me to be part of such a special day. I wish you a lifetime of happiness!

Venue: Alexis Laurent Gallery
Event Design, Flowers, & Coordination: Simple Little Details
Rentals: Michael Hensley Party Rentals & Wine Country
Desserts: Sweet Tooth Confections
Lighting: Associated Entertainment Consultants

Friday, November 9, 2012

Anna & Hovsep: Champagne Pebble Embossed Wedding Invitations

I had the pleasure of making the wedding invitations for my good friends Anna and Hovsep. Anna wanted an invitation that was more on the traditional side and that looked very elegant. She loved the square shaped pocket fold so we started with that as the foundation. I found this gorgeous champagne pebble embossed paper that brought a unique texture to the invitation. I also added ivory satin ribbon and champagne Swarovski crystals as embellishments which added an elegance to the design. Congratulations Anna and Hovsep, I wish you both lots of joy and happiness for a lifetime to come! 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Event Design: Elegant Silver + Yellow Wedding

Classy. Elegant. Simplistic. Those are the three words that described the vision for Lori & Armen’s wedding. Lori contacted me 5 months prior to the big day looking for some guidance on the overall design of her wedding. She knew she wanted something really elegant and beautiful that incorporated silver and touches of yellow, but needed help bringing it all together and executing it on the day of. KZV Armenian School is where Lori and Armen first met and spent many of their childhood years together, so it seemed like a perfect spot for the wedding. KZV is like a blank slate, you basically have 4 walls and the freedom to do anything you want with it. White Night Designs draped the entire ceiling and walls to give the effect of a white tent inside of the hall. I found a chandelier online that I fell in love with that reminded me of Lori’s dress, so White Night Designs custom made one just like it for the wedding. It turned out gorgeous and acted as a focal point above the dance floor.

We covered the dining tables with a silver crinkled linen and placed clear glass beaded chargers with a satin silver napkin on top. The white chivari chairs added a nice contrast against the silver linen. We worked with the amazing team at Asiel Design for the florals. Lori loved the traditional aspect of the large ball of flowers, so we worked with Asiel design to bring in a touch of modern by using curvy glass vases and having a spread of three different centerpieces.

Incorporating some fun elements for the guests was also something that was important. We tented the outside to create a lounge filled with leather furniture and a bar. At midnight we suprised the young guests by bringing out Hookahs that were provided by Hookah Beats. Since Kripsy Kreme is one of Lori’s guilty pleasures, I custom made snack bags with mini Krispy Kreme donuts for the guests to grab as they were leaving the wedding. Some other custom designs include the guestbook board, place card mirror, and card box.

All in all it was a FABULOUS wedding. Lori and Armen are such a gorgeous couple inside and out and I was so fortunate to be a part of their big day. You could tell they were having a blast and enjoyed every minute of it. At the end of the night, Lori and Armen both screamed “best party eveeeerrrrrrr!”, which brought a huge smile to my face. I want every bride and groom to feel as though their wedding was the best and most fun party they have ever been to. Lori and Armen, you were both so much fun and easy to work with. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness, love, joy, and fun!

Venue: KZV Armenian School – Khatchaturian Hall
Event Design & Coordination: Simple Little Details
Photography: The Collective Photographers
Rentals: White Night Designs
Flowers: Asiel Design
Invitations: Hye Graph
Cake: Have Your Cake
Videography: Major Diamond Productions
Entertainment: Khatchig Jingirian and DJ Raffy