The National Association of Catering and Events’ San Francisco chapter held their annual gala and fundraiser last week. N.A.C.E. is an association for event industry professionals committed to providing superior education, networking & resources to enhance career success and deliver excellence to clients. I have attended many insightful meetings and met several of my wonderful vendors through the group and their events. Having finished my last wedding of 2013 on Monday, the gala seemed like the perfect way to celebrate a successful season. Then I heard about the design competition. Even though my new mommy brain said “no, no, I need rest,” my professional and go-getter brain shouted “bring it on!” So I applied and was selected to compete among talented event designers at the gala.
To showcase my work in front of so many peers was pretty nerve-racking. But it was all worth it, as getting awarded as the Judge’s Pick winner in front of them is one of the most memorable moments in my career so far. I have to thank my vendors who helped me bring my whimsical and romantic vision to life.
It was an honor to be included in a group of such creative people. Thank you to my competitors, who designed gorgeous tablescapes of their own, and to the judge’s who noticed the small details and personal touches on my table. Outside of the competition, the event itself was beautiful and so much fun. Shout out to the Gala Committee who put it on this year – you did a splendid job!
I couldn’t wait any longer to share the wedding inspiration behind Molly and Patrick’s wedding design. They are from Chicago and will be hosting their wedding in Sonoma County this August. We chose a soft palette of peach, blush, sage green and ivory and will be incorporating french whimsy through stripes and gold glitter. Being from Chicago where it’s difficult to get fresh produce year round (makes you grateful to live in California huh?), the idea of fresh farmed peaches was very appealing to this lovely couple, so we will be incorporating them, not only into the design, but also into the favors and dessert! I just can’t wait bring it all together on their wedding day!
I’ve been noticing a lot of unfrosted cakes lately, and I have to admit, I love the look! Totally unfussy, but very beautiful in a stripped down sort of way. Here are some of my favorite naked cake designs. What do you think? To much skin… er cake showing?
It’s no secret that I admire Audrey Hepburn in every way possible. So when I met Paulina, a bride who shared my adoration for Audrey and two of my favorite films, Sabrina and Roman Holiday, well, let’s just say it was a match made in heaven. Only made more perfect by their backyard garden wedding location. Paulina was actually introduced to Audrey Hepburn by her fiance, Joe, who took her on dates to watch classic movie films at Stanford University. How sweet is that? Not only a fan of classic films, they both love vintage and classic style. Therefore the wedding theme is influenced by the parties and styles from Roman Holiday and Sabrina. A mix of vintage meets classic with a romantic, garden party vibe. Follow on Facebook and instagram (@kaellalynn) this weekend for behind the scene images of this design come to life!
There are many ways to interpret The Great Gatsby for your wedding, from vintage roaring 20s to Art Deco glam. The book and original movie had a great impact on me in high school, so I’m looking forward to seeing the new novel adaptation. How about you?
Today, I wanted to provide some soft romantic Gatsby inspiration that honors the classic. Starting with a soft palette, adding glamorous pearls, jewels and gold, and introducing architectural art deco shapes rounds out this romantic Gatsby inspired wedding design.
I’m interested to hear what you think of the style in the new movie, so come back to share your thoughts on the story, fashion, style, modern music, etc. Do you find it too flashy or are you loving the over-stylized approach? What aspects of Gatsby style would you pull for your wedding design?