Friday, May 28

What We Have Been Up To

Though it has been over a week since my last post, we have been doing so many fun things, I thought I would update on what has been going on here at the Dream A Little Dream Events studio:

* We had six weddings in May! We have our final two of the month tomorrow and Sunday. One is at the lovely Ralston Retreat in Mill Valley, while I will be working at City Hall for a gorgeous Persian inspired wedding.

* I had a film shoot with The Knot this week! Yes, soon you will be able to see me leading the film crew through the rainy streets of San Francisco to show the some wedding venues and vendors on the local insider's guide on It was so much fun working with Bernadette and Christa from The Knot. Can't wait to share the finished product!

* We are expanding!! While we love our beautiful studio here in Pacific Heights, it has become a little too small for all we are doing. So, I am taking over a small space next to my office that will be dedicated as our Design Studio. We will have meetings in there as well as design mock up meetings with clients, rental companies and florists. We can even do lighting! It will be a lot of fun, but doing contractor work is not my usual hat, but I'm learning a lot. We will definitely share photos when the work is complete!

Along with all of that, we are working on our 2010 weddings, and have already started working on our 2011 weddings. Can't wait to keep sharing and updating on all the exciting things we are doing here!

Look for a new real wedding post next week, and have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend everyone!

Happy Planning!

Tuesday, May 18

Shana + Brandon | Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn | March 27

Shana & Brandon had such a pretty wedding up in Sonoma at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn back in March. I was lucky enough to get to work with such a fun couple, and with Anna Kuperberg for the second weekend in a row! The weather was absolutely perfect, the bride was stunning and glowing, and the guests enjoyed every minute. The wedding was full of laughter and a lot of dancing late into the night, exactly what the couple wanted!

The other vendors involved in making this wedding so perfect were:

Djay: Roger with AMS Entertainment
Makeup: Audrey with Glowing Bridal

Happy Planning!

Friday, May 14

SF Dream Wedding Giveaway | Today!

I am so excited that today is the wedding for Vanessa & Mike who won a $100,000 wedding giveaway through SF Dream Wedding Giveaway! At 4pm on the 7th floor terrace at Hotel Vitale, their dreams of having a beautiful wedding will be fulfilled. Myself and approximately 40 other vendors came together and donated our time, products and services to the well deserving couple. Vanessa has been battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and they have been such an inspiration to me. Anytime Vanessa and I got on a Skype call while she was in her hospital room receiving treatments, it always brought me back to reality of what is truly important.

This couple has a true love of family and friends and cannot wait to celebrate with them here in San Francisco. I will be sharing photos from Lilia Photography as soon as they are up, but hope to get a few sneak shots in while we are setting up. Since Vanessa said from the start she wanted a very simple wedding, we have made sure that is exactly what she is going to get. Her color palette of yellow, soft grey and white will be so crisp against the nude colors of the Vitale.

I'm looking forward to sharing images and stories from this wonderful celebration!

Happy Planning,

Thursday, May 13

Kimia + Kenny | Engaged

I would be lying if I said I didn't drool over these engagement photos from Jose Villa of my clients, Kimia & Kenny, getting married over Memorial Day weekend at City Hall. They are more than beautiful, and I just don't have words that would give them their proper credit. So... just enjoy these delightful images!

I can't wait to share their wedding images, this is going to be a spectacular wedding full of love, dancing and joy!

Happy Planning!

Tuesday, May 11

Tina + Stephen | Hotel Vitale | March 20

I cannot express how much I loved working with this couple! They were so excited about every step in the planning process and very detailed all at the same time. Both are med students, so a lot of the planning took place in the summer of 2009. We had to do it that way as their residencies would take over in the fall, and finding dates that we could do vendor meetings would have proved to be very difficult.

We started searching for venues that would allow their two dogs to be in the wedding, and Hotel Vitale was one of our first stops, being a dog friendly hotel. Add in the simple, clean lined decor, and the amazing views, and Hotel Vitale was the winner for the ceremony and cocktail reception. This made it even easier, as their reception location, Yank Sing, was a mere block away.

Tina & Stephen saw early on the value in their vendors, and ended up with a team of wonderfully talented and extremely professional vendors. The weather cooperated as well, and they ended up with a gorgeous sunny day, with their unique color combination making their wedding one of my most memorable. The wedding itself ran flawlessly, and they couldn't have been happier with their vendor choices and details. Enjoy the photos by one of our absolute favorite photographers to work with, Anna Kuperberg.

The other vendors involved in making this day magical were:

Ceremony Music: Music to Go through the SF Conservatory
Djay: Kevin with Denon & Doyle
Cake: Jill Branch from Branching Out Cakes
Hair & Makeup: Sherrie Long

Happy Planning!


Friday, May 7

Staff Appreciation Party | May 2

About twice a year, I like to plan an outing for my staff to show them all how much I appreciate their hard work and dedication to me and my business. We have done everything from pedicure parties and brunch to cocktails and facials. I have been truly blessed with the employees I have had through the years, and couldn't ask for a better group to have working for my company! These girls work very long hours on wedding and event days, and take care of a lot of things behind the scenes. They are a crucial part of running a successful event.

I value these ladies more than I can even say in words, so for our party this season, I took ten of them, plus my mother and grandmother to the local horse race track. We had reserved tables in the turf club, and even had a race named after us. We toasted to our team with some champagne, I handed the girls a personal note from me with some fun money, and we were off and betting! There were many laughs throughout the day, including when we got to watch "our" race from the winner's circle and meet the winning jockey. Let's just say he took a liking to one our our lovely ladies!

We also were accompanied by Adi Nevo who took all the great photos. Enjoy a look into our day of celebration!

Happy Planning!