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!
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.
One of the reasons I love my job is getting to create a moment, a day, a memory that warms a person’s heart and shows them just how important they are to all those around them. So getting to do just that for my husband in celebration of his 30th Birthday was very special. And it was a surprise!
I wanted to be sure the party reflected his personality. Known for his bow ties, it was only fitting they be central to the theme. Given he is such a charming, smart and modern man, the word Dapper came to mind and everything fell into place from designing the invitations to pulling together some great vendors to create the perfect party.
Photographer, Kelly Freedman, captured the details and the photos were recently featured on entertainment and lifestyle blog, Pizzazzerie.com. After you’ve viewed the photos below, be sure to head to the featured post here for more details from the event. Scroll below for all the vendors involved.
Loving the modern take on mod right now. Did you see Louis Vuitton’s Spring 2013 runway show? As Rachel Zoe would say, “it was mage!” We’re seeing this bold, graphic pairing all over the place from fashion to interiors. It’s 60s mod and modern at the same time. I’m pretty much obsessed and dying to do a party or wedding inspired by black and white. Try incorporating it into your paper goods, fashion accessories, linens and details.
My grandmother gave me a vintage choker necklace encrusted in rhinestones that I wore as a hair accessory on my wedding day. I was happy to see statement headpieces on the Fall 2012 runways, and I hope more brides will choose to wear them. They are simply stunning!