Kaella Lynn Events - Event Planning and Design

wedding and event planning boutique based in San Francisco, combining
artistic design with meticulous planning to produce unforgettable experiences.

Nouveau Wedding Bands: Currently Trending

There are so many tiny details that go into a marriage and planning for a wedding – from the cake topper to the ceremony chairs, no small design choice goes unnoticed on your big day. When you think about the longevity of the impact certain choices, however, it can make it easier to prioritize. Case in point: choosing your wedding ring! Unlike the tabletop rentals or flower arrangements you choose for the day (which last a maximum of 12 hours, even if they’re fantastic), the wedding rings you select to wear as a symbol of your love will be displayed on your finger for years to come.

We’ve rounded up five of the hottest trends in wedding bands right now, to help make this stylistic decision an easy one – let us know which are your favorites, and what you’re choosing for your wedding this year!

Most Ethereal: Nature Inspired Rings

Edgiest: Cross Band Rings

Kaella Lynn Events // Currently Trending: Nouveau Wedding Bands

Diamond X Ring via One Kings Lane

The return of a classic: Eternity Bands

Most Glam: Stackable Rings

Most Ladylike: Antique Style Bands

 

A Romantic Conservatory of Flowers Ceremony for Beyond Blu Bungalow

Better late than never, right? That’s what I’m going with for this post. About a year ago, I designed a romantic ceremony setting under the stars in front the Conservatory of Flowers as part of Blu Bungalow’s annual Beyond Blu Bungalow Venue Tours. Blueprint Studios provided the rentals, while Florabella Studios curated the flowers.

In pulling images by the lovely and talented Milou +Olin Photography for our recent article on the Best Outdoor Venues in the Bay Area, I was reminded just how amazing everything came together and had to share more with you!

Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco Ceremony // Photo by Milou + Olin // Design by Kaella Lynn Events

As guests arrived via Classic Cable Cars, the illuminated staircase beckoned them towards the Conservatory. The candles that lined the staircase and aisle were provided by GlassyBaby, who not only sell their beautifully colored votives, but rents them for events. The flower arrangements were by Florabella Studios and all rentals were from BluePrint Studio.

Guests enjoyed a bridal fashion show with beautiful gowns from Kinsley James Bridal Salon before heading inside for libations, tasty bites and more wedding inspiration. Below are my favorite images of the ceremony as captured by Milou + Olin Photography. Be sure to jump over to the article in Modern Luxury Magazine for more photos from the event, including the amazing vignettes designed by our colleagues and friends that were on display inside the pavilion.

Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco Ceremony // Photo by Milou + Olin // Design by Kaella Lynn Events Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco Ceremony // Photo by Milou + Olin // Design by Kaella Lynn Events

A traditional rug and mirrored desk anchor the altar space while cherry colored blooms with pink ranunculus, berries and overflowing foliage pop against the whites of the conservatory and create an ever-so-romantic setting.
Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco Ceremony // Photo by Milou + Olin // Design by Kaella Lynn Events Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco Ceremony // Photo by Milou + Olin // Design by Kaella Lynn Events

I chose mismatched, distressed chairs with mirrored side tables placed sparingly throughout to add texture and interest to the space, without distracting from the beautiful surroundings. Eclectic while still refined. Don’t you just love this mixed look? Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco Ceremony // Photo by Milou + Olin // Design by Kaella Lynn EventsConservatory of Flowers, San Francisco Ceremony // Photo by Milou + Olin // Design by Kaella Lynn Events

Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco Ceremony // Photo by Milou + Olin // Design by Kaella Lynn Events

Joie de vivre!

Kaella Lynn

Bridal Best Practices: What to bring to your planner consultation

Many engaged couples walk into the wedding planning process knowing a lot about what they want in a wedding – colors, venues, destination location, and bridal party attire included. Some have no idea, and are shopping around for ideas to inspire their event. Whichever category you fit into, booking a planner can be a positive and productive experience – and you may learn something new, or realize what you want, in the process!

Here are five things to never leave at home for a planner consultation:

1. Your Support System – whether its your fiancé, your sister, your mom, or your best friend, your support system is there to give you emotional encouragement, and share in the planning process with you. Make sure you bring along the person that you trust, who makes you feel empowered to share your ideas and vision with your prospective planner. As we know, these meetings are a lot of fun with the right attendees!

2. Your budget – many times, engaged couples will have worked out a prospective budget before beginning to look for a planner. Some couples may not have an idea of how much the wedding of their dreams will cost, and are looking to their planner for guidance. The wedding budget provides a blue print for the planning and vendor selection process, and also keeps everyone on the same page. If you’re working with a particular budget, be it tight or extravagant, be sure to share that with your planner, so that they can provide guidance around how to make the best use of that investment. We will review your priorities and needs to provide insight on how to best allocate the budget.

3. Any vendors you have already booked – if you’ve already booked the band, the lighting company, the cake baker, and the venue, that’s great! If you haven’t, that’s also okay. Just be sure your planner has a clear picture of the contracts that are already set in stone, so that they can help you fill in the gaps, as well as watch out for potential pitfalls. Since typically your planner will take over contract management at some point in the process, you want them well aware of all participants on the vendor side.

Kaella Lynn Events // What to bring to your consultation

Photo and recipe by Rikki Snyder via Style Me Pretty

4. Your vision – be it a mood board (why yes, we like Pinterest), paint chips, fabric swatches, or a binder titled ‘The Great Big Book of Everything’, bring it with you! Not only do we LOVE looking at pretty pictures, colors, and ideas, but it will also help you to convey your expectations to your planner in a really visual and clear manner. If you already know what you want your floral arrangements to look like but have yet to select your florist, bring a series of images to your planner – not only can she make recommendations, she can also help you manage cost and other intangibles that you might not think of (for instance, peonies in December would need to be imported, and that would likely provide you with an additional cost).

Kaella Lynn Events // What to bring to your consultation

5. Questions – prepare a list of questions about items you’d like to cover, from the planning process in general to the planner’s particular work style and services. This is the time to discuss any uncertainties you have regarding the planning process and any special needs or requirement you have for your big day. Your planner is there as a major supporter, coach, cheerleader, and organizational maven for your big day – no question is too small or unimportant!

6. A notebook – write EVERYTHING down! You want to be sure you leave your prospective planner meeting with a clear idea of what was discussed, next steps, and whether or not you think a partnership with the planner would be a good fit – and you simply cannot do that unless you keep detailed notes. We love our laptops at KLE, and take vigorous notes on both web apps (like Evernote), as well as in cute notebooks. Whatever your style, make sure you’re keeping a record of your meeting – it’s always great to refer back to your notes as you move forward in the planning process.

Kaella Lynn Events // What to bring to your consultation

We love this Rifle Paper Co. Notepad – something blue!

Currently Coveting: Wedding Piñatas

I’ve been noticing piñata’s everywhere, and not just for Cinco de Mayo. Variations of this fun and festive party decoration are popping up at all kinds of events… even weddings! With Cinco de Mayo around the corner, it seems the perfect time to share some fabulous and inspirational ways to implement the piñata into your wedding decor.

Have a pinata at your wedding! // Currently Coveting: Pinata Party Decor

Photo via Style Me Pretty

Pinata block letters make for great signage and decor // via Katie K. Franklin

Pinata block letters make for great signage and decor // via Katie K. Franklin

Fill with confetti for a fun and interactive engagement shoot surprise! // photo via Green Wedding Shoes

Mini heart pinata's used as place cards will add whimsy to any table / Image via 100 Layer Cakelet / Photo by Meg Perotti Photography

Mini heart pinata’s used as place cards will add whimsy to any table / Image via 100 Layer Cakelet / Photo by Meg Perotti Photography

A giant engagement ring is perfect for your bridal shower, bachelorette or engagement party / via Kitiya Palaskas

A giant engagement ring is perfect for your bridal shower, bachelorette or engagement party / via Kitiya Palaskas

Pinatas make for great hanging decor and more! / these are by Confetti Systems

Pinatas make for great hanging decor and more! / this installation is by Confetti Systems

 

Joie de  vivre,

Kaella Lynn

Prop 8 Dismissed and #DOMA Declared Unconstitutional

#LoveisLove #DOMA declared unconstitutional

Photo by Meg Perotti

Heard the news? The Supreme Court made two historic decisions yesterday. In a 5-4 decision, they ruled that the Federal Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. In other words, in the states where same-sex marriage is legal, same-sex couples are now guaranteed the same federal benefits including income taxes and social security benefits.

To add to that — The Supreme Court has decided that California’s Prop 8 has no standing — paving the way for California to legalize same-sex marriage. The ruling means that same-sex marriage is now sanctioned in 13 states and the DC.

Kaella Lynn Events believes #loveislove. In fact, I designed this Preppy Picnic Wedding photo shoot as featured on Style Me Pretty last year in support of marriage equality. Yesterday was a great day for gay rights and I am thrilled for the thousands of couples who can now legally marry in California. To celebrate, Kaella Lynn Events is offering 10% off to same-sex couples who book us to plan their 2014 wedding by September 27th.

Cue the rainbow confetti!