Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
I am loving this season’s fashion trend of blushes and neutrals. I love it for everyday (I believe there is a shade of peach that flatters EVERYONE), and I love it for weddings (I’m talking to you, Reese Witherspoon). The palette is all over the place, from J. Crew and Urban Outfitters, to wedding blogs and magazines and tweets and then blogs again. I, however, would like to focus on the other trend right now, all the way on the opposite side of the spectrum…yes, that’s right. I want to dedicate this Wednesday on Adore to the big, bold, beautiful jewel tones that are all over the place right now!
I just bought a fabulous blue dress for my cousin’s wedding in June. I am obsessed with it. It’s a little outside my usual fashion box, and I proudly refer to it as a “big girl dress”. It just wouldn’t look right on a 17-year-old and I love it all the more for that! Purchasing it got me thinking about how most of my go-to dresses are black, and about how excited I was to wear this crazy shade of blue. Everyone should have some rich, juicy jewel tones in their closet! My dad rocked a fuchsia polo yesterday, so I do mean, EVERYONE. So let’s all get out there and attack the plums, emeralds, bright blues, teals and pinks!
Have fun with color! (It goes without saying that I think jewel tones are fun and fabulous at weddings, right? I mean, this is a wedding blog!)
Photo sources: Chrisitan Louboutin, Zappos.com, Dessy.com
Monday, May 23, 2011
Photo source: Mary McHenry Photography
Friday, May 20, 2011
Fav finds for the week!
In love with this blush pink wedding and a menu card and place setting that I am swooning over!
Dream a Little Dream Events
I agree - my favorite photo from the Royal Wedding
Amy Nichols Special Events
I want painted edges on my business cards and on all of my client's invites!
Yellow and sweet
I am a sucker for Gatsby - loving this board!
Snippet & Ink via The Ritzy Bee
Monday, May 16, 2011
So last Friday's post will come this Friday and I am excited as it is about the lovely and talented Natalie Bowen! And then look for the fab Christy and her post on fabulous color this Wednesday! But today is another dreamy inspiration board from Erin! Take a peek...
Twigs and Texture
Inspiration: Natural elements, twigs and branches, backyard wedding, rustic but polished
Colors: Cream, chestnut, olive, taupe and all shades of brown
Details: Unfinished wood, branched altar, woven table settings
Top row: Cheddarngrits, Blush Botanicals, Suitie Central via Magpiepaperworks; Middle row: Princess Panda; Bottom row: Ruffled, Tahoe Unveiled, Ooh Events via Magpiepaperworks
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Last Sunday was Mother’s Day and I celebrated for my second time as a mom. It was a wonderful day for me, starting off with roses in my son’s room when I got him out of his crib that morning, and ending with a massage and mani/pedi arranged by my husband (thanks, honey!). I thought about how nice it was that there is one day in the year when we celebrate the moms. It’s a bonus that restaurants don’t make you feel awkward for toting the kids in on Mother’s Day. Usually, it’s a bit of an ordeal. I live in a city that isn’t exactly kid-friendly in the dining-out-department.
Speaking of kid-friendly... Lets talk about kids at weddings! It’s a sensitive issue and Mother’s Day capped off a week of wedding work that actually included not one, but several, discussions with brides about kids…or rather, NO kids, at their weddings. I also received an invitation to a wedding in June and had to call to find out if kids were “invited” since the invite didn’t mention it one way or another. So I’ve been on both sides of the issue, so to speak. Here’s the thing: like “fancy” restaurants, small kids just aren’t welcome at some weddings. It’s harsh sounding, but true. I find that dealing with how to make this clear to guests is a challenge for my clients. Here is some of my advice:
1. If the guests with kids are your friends or close family, call them yourself after the invitations are sent and tell them that it’s an adults-only party. If you can help with babysitting arrangements or suggestions, that’s awesome. Some guests bring their kids with them and then leave them with a sitter in the hotel.
2. Have your mom and mother-in-law do the dirty work and call their family members with kids for you! They’re probably good at that stuff, right?
3. Include something in the invitation or on your wedding website that says “Please note that this a wedding for adults only”
4. If you don’t mind kids there, but want to wrangle them a little after dinner, hire a babysitting service to set up camp at the reception site.
In my experience, it feels like a big deal, and some people do get a little peeved, but it is best to get all the explaining and arranging done as far ahead of time as possible. Remember that this is your wedding and it should be the kind of party that you want. If you want to throw a kid-friendly, family oriented party, accommodate people and have fun! If you want a black-tie affair with an ice sculpture bar and passed martinis, go all out and have fun! If your wedding falls somewhere in between…do your own thing (kids or no kids) and HAVE FUN!
Spa Day is adults-only in my world, but Joey can look the part!
Back in a week!
Monday, May 9, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
I am working on design with a bride right now and I am really excited about her vision and my plan for it. She loves succulents and wants them incorporated into centerpieces, her bridal bouquet, and as favors for guests. There are plenty of wedding blogs out there that feature beautiful succulent designs, so I started collecting pictures and the wheels started turning…pretty soon, I had my own picture of a unique succulent wedding and I am stoked about it!
We are now sourcing small, delicate glass vases and large galvanized metal tubs. I am busy getting quotes for a living wall that may serve as a backdrop for a self-portrait photo booth and am reviewing florist proposals filled with burgundy dahlia pomanders and barely-there succulent boutonnieres (I love how structural and masculine these are!). I am researching how to make lush arrangements for the tables; low wooden containers filled with pale green and almost blue desert plants, anchored by dark dirt and small stones. It’s all coming together! A mix of glass, wood and metal, greens and reds, dirt and understated, natural elegance. I’m especially excited about a fresh fruit dessert bar labeled “Succulents” with a copper herb garden sign. The groom wants fruit and fruit he shall have!
All in a day’s work for this excitable wedding planner! Sigh…I love my job.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Hello Wednesday! It was my birthday last week and having an April birthday usually means a few drops of water on my special day, so I thought I would dedicate today’s post to April and her BFF: Rain!
Rain on a wedding day is the stuff of song lyrics and bridal nightmares. It’s said to be lucky and if you blog-surf, it seems to be even trendy these days! With the endless parade of adorable wellies (or galoshes, as we call them in my house) and colorful umbrellas, I’m wondering if some couples are actually hoping FOR rain!
I once saw a play in LA, 2004 I think, and the stage was set to look like a tall forest. The treetops were all made from different patterned green umbrellas, upside down, forming a beautiful canopy. I never forgot that set and I think a canopy of upside down umbrellas, covering a tent ceiling, allowing light to shine through in places, would be awesome! Now I just need my rain-loving future clients to call!
Next month, May flowers of course!
Photo sources: clockwise from left to right, Bridesmaidtrade.com, gwynethcolleen.com, Favors and Flowers, J.Crew, BridalBubbly.blogspot.com, Orange Girl Photographs, It's a Jaime Thing
Monday, April 25, 2011
My all time favorite trend this spring is neutrals! I must admit my excitement is partially based on the fact that my wardrobe is literally all shades of neutrals, specked with a few prints and pops of color. The best thing about this palette is that it can easily be an updated classic. Mixing and matching different shades of neutrals like beige, ecru, and khaki and adding hints of metallic elements makes muted colors fresh and new. Hope you enjoy this inspiration board evoking the trend I'm calling "Contemporary Neutrals". Don't you just love the unexpected blue soles of those studded heels?
Colors: Taupe, Khaki, Ivory and everything in between
Elements: Rich fabrics, Metallic details
Top row: Martha Stewart Wedding, Style Me Pretty, Trendhunter, Middle row: Stitches on 8th, Robert Mc Nary Photography via Style Me Pretty, Bottom row: La Maison Reid via Potato Boutique, The Brides Guide via Martha Stewart Wedding, Not Your Ordinary Bride
Monday, April 18, 2011
Head over to Style Me Pretty to see this wedding in all it's gorgeous glory shot by the talented Mary!
Photo source: Mary McHenry
Friday, April 15, 2011
You love them right?! How could you not?!!
Great links from this week:
One of the hippest invites EVER - a record player? Awesome!
Green Wedding Shoes
Pretty n' Punk
The Sweetest Occasion
Embrace the Stripe!
La Tavola Linens
The Inspired Bride
Forget desserts, bring on the potatoes! A spud bar!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
I have been on the look for a cute little outfit for my son to wear to a wedding we are attending in Virginia this June. Joe will be 17 months then, and I want him to wear a bowtie…and I would love to find a tie in the same pattern for my husband to rock. I might take my needs to a fabulous seller on Etsy…but for now, I am just searching for inspiration. The wedding is at a vineyard in Leesburg…I’m envisioning my boys in their preppy best. Here are some of my toddler-boy-wedding-fashion-finds:
Photo sources: J.Crew (tie), Strasburg Children (vest), Janie and Jack (shoes, hat and pants), via Style Me Pretty Jessica Johnston Photography and Orchard Cove Photography.
Monday, April 11, 2011
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My name is Erin and I'm absolutely thrilled to be a part of Trisha Dean Events and Adore. I am somewhat new to the blogging world and so far, I love it. My passion for design, presentation, and working with people has led me to where I am now – entering the world of event planning. I received my degree in Landscape Design from UC Berkeley almost a year ago (it seems like yesterday!) and I'm so lucky to be pursuing what I love. If I had to describe my style in one word it would be feminine with a mix of classic and vintage. I am so excited to share my ideas and be inspired by all things weddings and design!
P.S. Look for my first inspiration board this week - it super pretty with all sorts of amazing neutrals for spring!
Photo source: Classic Party Rentals Open House, Erin and Christy having a darn good time.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Here are the fav finds of the week!
The bird is the word
The Inspired Bride
Made me smile!
Eat Drink Chic
A gorg Napa Wedding
The Bride's Cafe
You NEED to check out these modern flowers!
Elizabeth Anne Designs
Pour some sugar on me!
The Ritzy Bee
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
I must admit, Wednesday Readers, this week’s post is a bit random. I’ve been experiencing a little bloggers-block this week. I blame it on the 80 degree weather in San Francisco. I was inspired by the sun, the frozen yogurt, the long days at the park with my son…and I would sit at my computer at night, ready to delve into the blogosphere, open to my usual effortless brilliance…and…nothing!
Tonight, though, I persevered, fought through it and this is what I came up with. I have been researching for an upcoming wedding and I am loving my bride’s bright colors and Indian touches. She sent me a link showing me what kind of hanging pomanders she likes and I fell in love with the website. Before I knew it, I was an hour deep into Eat Drink Chic. Check out the cluster of paper poms and lanterns that wooed me out of my block!
With interior design, fashion and weddings all organized and displayed in the most beautiful way, it's love at first sight! The way Amy Moss puts together her inspiration boards, with the numbers…I don’t know, I just can’t get enough! Click here for a fun, whimsical example, and then go exploring throughout her blog!
Monday, April 4, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
Now on to Flower Friday! For your Flower Friday viewing pleasure - this Bay Area floral designer does some amazing things with sweet peas and lilac - not your average bouquet flowers! And let me tell you I LOVE me some lilac! It is blooming in my backyard this week and I am in heaven!
I am loving the colors and the pop that she brings to centerpieces as well! Karen of Plan Decor does amazing work and we hope to work with her one day soon!
Fav finds for the week!
Super dainty and very pretty paper cut out invitations
Oh So Beautiful Paper
Walking along Union Street in SF last week, this was one of the best cuppies I have had in a while!
In my search for an eyelet charger, I came across this loveliness
The Ritzy Bee
Hello yellow satin shoes and yummy donuts!
100 Layer Cake
Elizabeth Anne Designs
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Welcome to Wednesday!
I am proud to announce that I have completed the Gay Wedding Institute certification course taught by Bernadette Coveney Smith, owner of 14 Stories in Boston. 14 Stories is America’s first gay wedding planning firm, and GWI is the first gay wedding planning certification course in the world. I participated with others in the wedding industry from across America and Canada and we learned about what makes gay wedding planning different than planning for straight couples. Same-sex couples have a few more issues to deal with (legally…), and planners need to know which vendors and venues are gay-friendly, plus, I needed to learn how to market and appeal to gay and lesbian couples.
I am sharing my journey into uncharted territory! At least for TDE and as a planner myself. I have yet to plan a wedding or party for a gay or lesbian couple, but now, I feel ready to dive right in! I’m excited to make some changes to our website and to make sure we use totally inclusive language in our forms and on the site. I am now prepared to help a gay or lesbian couple plan their event, but in some ways, I feel like I have always been ready for this job. My background, my family, my passions…everything leads to being a wedding planner and in some ways especially for gay couples. I love my job and I am very excited to be actively expanding my client base from a business standpoint and from a very personal place as well.
We believe in marriage equality for everyone!
Monday, March 28, 2011
The Marin Anthro is actually my favorite store. Did you ever notice that there are "good" Anthros and some "not so good" Anthros. My favs are the Marin, Burlingame and Blackhawk ones. Great selection, great sale items and lots of sizes. I feel the same way about J.Crew. The Burlingame J.Crew is my go to store, with the Stanford and Marin ones not far behind.
But back to Anthro's new design studios...the concept will be a store within a store that showcases a mix of home decor items, with design experts waiting to answer questions, give tips and even offer classes.
I have always looked to Anthro for inspiration when designing my client's weddings. And I find myself often picking up key pieces to highlight on accent tables, or within the ceremony. They are such a fab place for wedding decor.
So head to Marin and check out the new store within a store - they launched March 24th!
Photo source: Anthropologie.com