Life of an Event Planner
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"As I was living out of a suitcase & traveling the world, I decided to create an event planning blog to document my travels, events, and inspirations..."
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4 Wedding Trends that Never Go Out of Style
"No matter your design, date or location - whites are always in. Use it to play down your florals, enhance your dress or create that stunning, yet carefully edited neutral color palette..."
Work Hard, Play Hard
"Although I was out in Hawaii producing corporate events, I did take some time for myself to explore & have fun while I could! As an event planner, I'm all about working hard... and playing harder..."
Our Morning Favorite
"I absolutely love to cook & experiment with food, but breakfast is the one meal I will stick to the basics. If you aren't a morning person like I am, you will probably want to prepare something quick & easy, right?"
"My whole living room was filled with balloons. Attached to each balloon was a picture of us from all of the years we've been dating. Obviously my heart was melted thinking he ended my birthday with such a cute surprise, but there was still no Ryan. So I kept walking... all of the lights were off except for the hallway, which was lined with candles..."
Sleepless in Seattle
"As I was finishing up the West Coast bus tour, my mom & sister decided to fly up from Texas and meet me in Seattle, Washington. After my last event was over, we spent the weekend exploring the city while gaining a minimum of 10 pounds of ridiculously good food & alcoholic beverages..."
"So Alpino Vino is known for their wine pairings, their European food menus. and their MF delicious Grilled Cheese. What do you think I ordered? You bet. That MF delicious Grilled Cheese... and it was MF delicious..."
How to Plan the Perfect Graduation Party
"Graduation parties are one of my favorites to plan! It's so important to produce an event that fits the graduate's personality, style, and interests. Like a birthday party, a graduation party is ALL ABOUT THE GRADUATE..."
"Baker Beach is definitely my go-to spot in San Francisco, CA to bring the pup, relax by the water, and enjoy a killer view. It's super easy to get to, not too crowded, and you can always find parking..."
The Great Maple
"If you are visiting San Diego, CA or planning an event in the area, grab brunch at The Great Maple. I would highly recommend ordering the Maple Bacon Doughnuts -BY FAR some of the best I've ever had..."
How to Make Your Events More Photogenic
"Good light is the most important thing you can provide to make your event more photogenic. If your photos are important to you, put some budget toward professional lighting. This will ensure that photos of the space have dimension and texture..."
Sisters Take Flight
"We decided to take everyone out to Lake Coeur d'Alene later that day. When we pulled up to the lake, my clients were so excited to see these little water planes take off ... so excited that they all decided to take flight themselves..."
"Looking for a good cocktail in the East Bay area? Look no further. Corners Tavern has my heart with their classic refreshing cocktails, a killer atmosphere, and a damn good wait staff..."
ACM's Lifting Lives Gala
"We had the opportunity to produce the Academy of Country Music's Lifting Lives Gala. Typically the awards show is held in Las Vegas, but since this year's (50th) was special, they decided to host the event in Dallas. This was one of the most challenging, yet exciting, events I have ever produced..."
"Attention all Bay Area residents!
We have a new bakery in the area. FAZ Bakery is finally open! I had a nice little tasting with one of the most well known bakers in the country, and she just happens to be the new head baker at Faz..."
"Our first stop on the trip was London. We got off the plane and, of course, it was pouring down rain. Great start to this adventure, right? No umbrella and wearing the worst shoes possible for this situation. We quickly realized, neither of us had brought sneakers on this trip..."
Opera in the Vineyards
"Opera in the Vineyards is an annual fundraiser benefitting the Livermore Valley Opera. This year it was held at Retzlaff Vineyards in Livermore, California where guests could enjoy a nice glass of wine while listening to beautiful music..."
"If you are visiting Austin, Texas or planning an event in the area, be sure to check out the food trucks on South Congress! Food trucks are all over Austin, but South Congress is definitely one of my favorite spots. A trailer full of cupcakes? Yup..."
I Love You, Malibu.
"Oh Malibu...one of my favorite locations in the state of California. I highly recommend taking a trip to the Malibu beaches if you haven't been already. The beautiful scenic drive is worth the trip alone..."
Walk in the Wild
"Walk in the Wild is Oakland Zoo's largest Annual Fundraiser with proceeds going directly to the highest quality animal care & exhibits. We had the privilege of partnering up with Faz Restaurants & Catering at the event while also enjoying some live music, great food, and interacting with the beautiful zoo animals..."
Banzai Sushi Bar
"If you are visiting Oahu or planning an event in the area, coordinate a dinner to Banzai Sushi Bar. This restaurant has fresh local sushi with delicious signature cocktails. Be prepared to sit on a floor pillow while eating your meal..."
Urban Light at LACMA
"Take a pit stop at Urban Light outside of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. I suggest going at night when the lights are shining & music is playing. This is a fun event scene with a bar serving late night food & drinks and outdoor seating all throughout the area..."
The Engagement Party
"FINALLY! This beautiful couple is getting married! I had so much fun planning their engagement party at Ruby Hill Country Club in Livermore Valley. Shawn & Lacey are getting married in the Philippines over New Years of 2017..."
"If you are visiting Walnut Creek or planning an event in the area, go have lunch at Sunrise Bistro! If you're a health nut like I am, you will love this place. All ingredients are made from scratch with whole wheat baked goods made of community grains..."
Stop number 2 on this European adventure is Paris! We had a great time in London but were definitely ready to go explore the next city. We made it safe & sound and right on schedule... until we got lost. It shouldn't be that hard to find a hostel, right?..."
ILEA NCC Gala 2016
"If you work in the events industry then you are probably familiar with an organization called ILEA. If not, ILEA stands for the International Live Events Association. I joined the organization when I worked in Austin for a while and then transferred over to the chapter in San Francisco after I moved to the Bay Area..."
The Box SF
"If you are planning an event in San Francisco and still searching for a venue, The Box SF might be the perfect option for you. Located in the SOMA district with multiple rooms overlooking the city..."
FAZ Restaurants & Catering
"If you're located in the Bay Area, I'm sure you are familiar with FAZ Restaurant. Well, did you know they have multiple locations all over the Bay? FAZ Restaurants are located in Danville, Oakland, Pleasanton, Sunnyvale, and San Jose..."