Tuesday, June 29

New Design Studio

We are so happy that our design studio is getting the finishing touches on it this week, and we will be actively using it starting next Tuesday for all our design meetings. We can do everything in this studio from choosing linens to running full design mock up meetings. Our clients simply come to our office, and we have the rental company, florist and sometimes lighting designer all come to our "design studio" so that we can see everything come together for their wedding. This way, any tweaks that need to be made can be done before the wedding, and leave the bride with a sense of what everything will look like. I will admit, without a mock up meeting, there are times when even a designer doesn't have the full grasp of how everything will look together.

We will be sharing some professional photos once she's all up and running, but here are our phase photos, as we took over a waiting room that was next to our main office. Let's just say I don't want to be dealing with anything construction related anytime soon!

We will also be having an open house in late summer to celebrate the new design of Andrew Weeks Photography studio in our main office, as well as our new design space. Announcement to come soon...

Happy Planning!

Thursday, June 24

Caitlin + Eric | The Villagio in Yountville | April 10

I met Caitlin right after she got engaged, as one of our assistants brought her on our January bridal tour in 2009. Soon after, she hired me to help her plan her wedding, and I was so excited! Within a day of the contract being signed, I had a power point presentation in my email box from her based on all the inspiration for her wedding. I knew that this was going to be a gorgeous and classic wedding, just like Caitlin.

We began the planning right away, since her fiance Eric, worked for a professional baseball team, and we needed to plan the wedding around the teams schedule. They found the perfect place at the Villagio in Yountville and the planning commenced! It was a joy working with Caitlin and her mom on the wedding design and details, as they had so many great visions. I'm happy to be able to share these photos of their special day from Erin Beach.

The other vendors that made this wedding truly beautiful were:

Linens: La Tavola
Hair & Makeup: Sherrie Long
Bridesmaid Dresses: Lela Rose from Bella Bridesmaid
Invitations & Paper Products: Cheree Berry
Calligraphy: (Me!) Kathryn from Dream A Little Dream Events

Happy Planning!

Thursday, June 17

A Wedding on a Tuesday?

This is what most people asked me when I mentioned that I had a wedding on a Tuesday night this month. I repeatedly had to explain that the cost savings of a weeknight wedding, or off season wedding, can be one of the biggest ways to trim a budget. So, last night, along with 80 happy guests, my clients had their wedding on the Sky Terrace at Medjool in San Francisco's Mission District. It was a gorgeous and clear San Francisco night, and they had the wedding that they always wanted without the price tag. Below is a photo taken with my phone.

I only heard great things from all the guests about how amazing everything was from the views to the food, and none of them even mentioned it being a Tuesday night. I honestly don't even think anyone was aware it was a Tuesday night, since most stayed until after 11pm dancing under the stars. As I tell many of my clients getting married on off days, your friends and family love you, and no matter what day it is, they will be there.

So, if you are a couple out there that is feeling overwhelmed by the price of the wedding you want versus the budget you have, you may want to consider other options like off days. The cost saving is very significant for weeknights, and some discounts are given for Friday or Sunday weddings as well.

I'd love to hear from couples that have/had chosen an off day for their wedding, and the positives and negatives that you faced!

Happy Planning,

Thursday, June 3

Real Engagement | Christina + Carl by Flory Photography

If you follow my blog or my work, you know that I just love Joel & Cara from Flory Photo. They always get my clients personalities to show through, capture all the emotion in their faces and let's the viewer feel what they are feeling.

This engagement shoot of my clients Christina & Carl does not disappoint! I always love urban photos, and this one clearly gets all that San Francisco has to offer without being overdone. You can see their entire slide show here, and if you are considering Flory Photo for your wedding, contact them soon, they are booking up for 2011 already!

Happy Planning!

Tuesday, June 1

Michelle + Kristian | Featured on Style Unveiled

photo by Janae Shields

We are so happy to have Michelle + Kristian's Healdsburg Wedding featured on Style Unveiled! This wedding was lovely and just simply perfect. Brittani and Mia ran their day so smoothly, the guests really enjoyed the day along with the happy couple!

We are also happy to announce that Michelle is now doing month of coordination for Dream A Little Dream Events. She is an amazing addition to our team, and we are so happy to have her on board! If you are noticing that Brittani and I are booked up for your wedding date, email us and see if Michelle is available, she is so organized and able to handle even the most complicated of weddings!

Happy Planning!