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


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

The “Day of Wedding” Workshop

Planning a wedding can be one of the most fun-filled experiences you may ever have the opportunity to be part of…depending on how prepared you are.

Whether you are setting yourself up to be a Wedding Professional, investing your time to support a couple close to you, or you are an ambitious DIY Bride/Groom, if you are looking to gain a higher level of insight and preparation in successfully producing a beautiful wedding day, this workshop is for you.

Over the past six years, I have certified and trained numerous professional wedding coordinators via Cal Poly Pomona Extended University. Professionals, friends of brides, and more have asked for a workshop that focused specifically on the actual coordination and success of the wedding day, as well as the month leading up to it.

The “Day of Wedding” Workshop

Saturday, April 26, 2015

Set in the beautiful LOFTon2nd gallery, in Downtown Pomona Historic Arts Colony, we will embark on a day of learning and preparation that will empower you to produce a special day at a high level of excellence. We discuss emergency preparation, detailed timelines, day of expectations, vendor accountability, traditions and creative liberties.

This 6 hour workshop is $175. To register, simply complete the fields below and we will send you a Credit Card invoice via PayPal. The deadline to register is April 23.

Taking a Look Back

I feel like the last couple years has flown by. Between weddings, teaching classes, events, the LOFTon2nd, parades, Girl Scouts, PTA, and our new baby boy, it’s difficult to believe I’ve made it through standing tall.

Happy 2015! We look forward to what this year will bring.

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.

Click here to see the Highlight Film (shorter version)

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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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