Harlem Nights

August has become a full month of celebrations; with my birthday, my husband‘s birthday and capping with our daughter, Brooklyn Joy’s birthday too (well she’s technically Sept 2nd…but still).

These last 5 years, I have been honored to share this eventful month (and even my actual birthday) designing wedding celebrations for a few of my happy couples.  Last year, in the middle of all this celebrating, we added our handsome little Jackson Porter Gray’s birth to the calendar as well, just over a week after another beautiful August Wedding.

I had the pleasure of designing and producing the wedding celebration for the always eventful Dedra & William at the breathtaking Casa Romantica in San Clemente, CA.  We nurtured a lasting bond with a little less than 6 months of wedding planning, included in that time William throwing Dedra a surprise “all-white” birthday party at our LOFTon2nd in Pomona, CA

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I was absolutely overjoyed when Dedra called to inquire on my and the Loft’s availability for another August celebration…William’s 50th.  She wanted a memorable casino-inspired evening with about 50 friends.  So I said, what do you think about giving it ‘a little soul’…’a little gangsta’…’a little pizzazz’?  Lets go for Harlem Renaissance…

The Theme: Harlem Nights. The Location: LOFTon2nd. The Task: Turn our Historic Pomona brick lined loft into a Speakeasy.  We made custom invites, brought in the casino tables, had DJ Alex bumping Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington, chose a few of their favorite drinks (including Will’s somewhat hard to find, Heineken Dark), some “stick to your belly” catering, brought in my staff and a couple “Cigarette Girls”, and custom cigar labeled Twix bars in a vintage leather piece.  The Loft was transformed and between the guests dressed-to-the-nines in their best (and I mean they went all out) 1920’s attire and the feathers, hanging crystal valances and cobalt blue, you would almost forget you may need to take an Uber home, check in on Facebook or post a few on Instagram.

Here are a few shots from the night, taken by two of our favorite photographers, Rich & Vanessa Mora of MoraCreativeStudios.

Welcome to SUGAR WILL’S…

Thank you again William and Dedra for allowing me to do life with you.  xoxox

Real Love | Chase & Claire (Video)

A special thank you to Brian Perry & Ryan Satterfield of Perryfield Films for helping me relive the breath-taking union of Chase & Claire. Enjoy.

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A little New Year’s surprise

Thank youI love receiving thank you cards from previous couples or event vendors.  There is just something so special to me when someone takes a moment to express their appreciation for all the hard work and effort put into their celebration.  I have every single one of my thank you cards and gifts from clients and cherish them greatly.

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Real Love | Claire & Chase

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Just finished celebrating a long wedding weekend with a great couple and their families from all over the country.  The whole weekend was just perfect in beautiful San Clemente, CA.  All of our event support team were amazing and worked well on this heavily produced celebration;  complete with multiple events throughout the weekend, a surprise Second Line after dinner (New Orleans Jazz Band) and photo booth. And even after more than 2 hours of dancing to our great motown/jazz band (Blue Breeze Band)…the couple topped it off with an After Party walking distance away just off the beach at Sunsets at the Pier.

Everything came together just beautifully.  I loved how our design of sea accents and vintage charm worked with the custom made runners and classic Spanish-style of Casa Romantica.  Stacey, Floral Occasions definitely made this vision jump off the paper.  I just love it when a plan comes together.  All our hard work with adjusting timelines paid off to see everyone enjoying themselves so much.  And how sweet of a review the couple left as well.

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Real Love | Ashley & Junior

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Happy Anniversary Ashley & Junior! Continue reading “Real Love | Ashley & Junior”

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