Monday, February 9, 2015

Event Design: Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding | Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery, Pleasanton

We are very excited to announce that we have been featured in Ceremony Magazine! Our team had the pleasure of doing the event design and coordination for Tamara & Daniel's Great Gatsby inspired wedding that took place at Casa Real, Ruby Hill Winery. The wedding was a glamorous mix of gold, sequins, feathers, and pearls! I LOVE Tamara's family as I got to work with them the previous year when coordinating Tamara's cousins wedding. They are such sweethearts and hope to coordinate more celebrations for them in the future.

Told by the Bride:
My fondest wedding moment was when I entered the reception hall and every single one of our guests gathered around us to dance to an Armenian wedding song. I had never felt so happy, so special and so blessed in my life. My favorite vendor was Taleen of Simple Little Details, my coordinator and event designer - she kept me sane throughout the entire process and I trusted her to have good taste and think of things that I wouldn’t. I also love Sherrie Long (hair/makeup) and Asiel Designs (flowers) because everything they touch looks amazing, so that also put me at ease.

My advice to all the brides out there is to get a coordinator! Make sure you involve everyone in the process that wants to be involved (groom, mothers, sisters, etc.) but know that your decision is the final one. Try to pause and enjoy it all, especially on the wedding day.

Event Design & Day-of-coordination: Simple Little Details / Invitations & Paper Goods: Simple Little Details / Photography: Jake & Necia / Ceremony: St. Gregory Armenian Church /  Reception: Casa Real / Florals: Asiel Design / Linens: Napa Valley Linens / Rentals: Hartman Studios / Chivari Chairs: Lush Event Rentals / DJ: DJ Sevag / Cake: Jen's Cakes

Told by Taleen:
When guests arrived they were greeted by the place card table that really set the Great Gatsby mood for the rest of the decor. Each place card was attached to an ostrich feather and was inserted into a gold wooden stand to prop them upright.

To help set the mood of the main ballroom, we hung 5 amazing crystal chandeliers provided by Hartmann Studios to float right above the white dance floor. We chose to keep the lighting very subtle to give a candlelight effect. The linens that we got from Napa Valley Linen were absolutely gorgeous. For the guest tables we chose a circular gold linen which provided a beautiful shine under the light. We tied in the glassware with the theme going with more classic gold rimmed glasses and a gold rimmed charger. To incorporate the pearls that were so popular during the 1920’s we wrapped strands of pearls around the napkins to act as a napkin ring. Asiel Design did an amazing job with the florals incorporating art deco vases filled with hydrangeas, roses, and orchids. The subtle touches of the ostrich feathers helped bring it all together.

The head table had a few elements to make it feel extra special. We chose to switch up the linen and use a champagne colored sequins linen. Each of the chairs had an ostrich feather chair cap that was provided by Wild Flower Linen. The table was filled with florals and candlesticks going down the center. At each end we had these gorgeous 8 foot gold trees that were covered in orchids.

Overall the night went beautifully with lots of love in the air for the bride and groom. I always tell my brides to stop and try and take a few minutes on the wedding day and take a look around with your husband. It’s important to have this special moment and really take it all in. Often times the excitement takes over and it goes by in a flash.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Meet the "Simple Little Details" Team!

I am so grateful that Simple Little Details has grown so much over the past few years. What started as a passion, turned into a profession that I love. I've decided to bring on two fabulous ladies that will greatly contribute to the Simple Little Details team. We all look forward to being a part of your special celebrations in the upcoming year.

Taleen Shirikian
Founder/Co-Owner/Event Designer & Producer

Taleen prides herself on the Simple Little Details that turn a special occasion into a unique & unforgettable event. She takes honor in transforming a client’s idea into reality. She initially harnessed her love for creativity and design by planning events for non-profit organizations. In 2011 her passion grew into a profession when she founded Simple Little Details.
Taleen graduated from the University of California, San Diego and returned to her hometown in the Bay Area shortly after. When she is not designing events, Taleen is spending time with her husband or can be found on the basketball & volleyball court.

Christine Soussa
Co-Owner/Business Operations/Event Producer

Christine has a zestful love for celebrations that create lasting memories with family and friends. It is through this love that Christine has a passion for producing unforgettable events that honor culture, tradition, and individuality.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Christine graduated from Pepperdine University. She currently lives in the Bay Area, and is a happily married mother of two.

Lia Arutyunov
Event Designer & Producer

Lia's love affair with design started during her childhood. She attended Art school at the age of 8 and went on to get her BA degree in Fine Arts. She also studied Marketing at the University of California, Berkeley.

Lia tries to make every occasion and milestone special. She is obsessed with making every celebration unforgetable to the tiniest detail. She gets her inspiration from everything that surrounds her, but her biggest inspiration is her husband and two beautiful children.