Michael & Maria ~ A Tuscan Inspired Wedding


It’s not very often that you get to plan a wedding for one of your siblings, so I was extremely honored when my brother and future sister-in-law asked me to plan their March wedding. We had two months to put together Michael and Maria’s Tuscan inspired wedding with touches of purples, greys, silver and cream. Choosing the venue was of high priority – I couldn’t believe their dream venue, Villa Siena, was available on their desired date! Once the venue was selected the rest of the wedding details fell smoothly into place . . . Jacque at EnDearing Floral created beautiful arrangements incorporating purple and white hydrangeas, stock, calla lilies, roses and dusty miller (giving hints of silver that Maria was looking for). Guests couldn’t stop raving about the braised beef short ribs catered by Santa Barbara Catering and the flavorful and moist wedding cake made by Brian at My Goodness Cakes. From start to finish the wedding incorporated the couple’s Irish and Guatemalan cultures. Maria couldn’t have looked more beautiful walking down the aisle to a guitar version of Andrea Bocelli’s song “Time to Say Goodbye”. During the candle lighting ceremony the Bride and Groom honored each of their mothers with roses that had personalized notes attached; it was such a sweet moment. Guests kept their swing on until the very end of the night when Michael and Maria made their getaway through a tunnel of beautiful glistening sparklers . . .  


Photographer: David De Dios 

~ Megan 

Wedding Shoes


We dream of the perfect wedding gown, but what about the perfect pair of shoes? Today’s hottest trend is adding a “pop” under the dress by wearing a colored heel (or flat). It’s a fun and flirty way of incorporating your selected wedding color palette! Whether it’s ruby red, blizzard blue, hot pink or a subtle nude – it’s up to you! If your budget allows, splurge on a pair of Louboutins, Yves Saint Laurent or Ferragamos . . . or you can find some adorable, but affordable shoes by Aldo, Badgley Mischka or Vivienne Westwood

Photographer: David De Dios | Bride: Maria Dahdah

~ Megan 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day


In need of a little St. Patrick’s Day party inspiration? Below are a few pictures I picked, that with any luck will spark your creative side. Check out for some mouthwatering Irish recipes, for clever four-leaf clover décor, and for some marvelous craft ideas.  As the good ol’ Irish saying goes, “If you’re enough lucky to be Irish, you’re lucky enough” . . . but if you’re not, fake it till you make it! 

~ Megan

Stacie and James Baby Shower was a Hoot!


Stacie and James’ Baby Shower was a Hoot!

Other than planning weddings, our 2nd favorite shindig to plan is a baby shower.  We recently had the joy of planning a baby shower for James and Stacie.  They had been feathering their nest for the arrival of their new baby boy and fell in love with owl-themed décor for the nursery.  So we went with it . . . planning the entire shower around nature-inspired themes while mindful to tuck in special appearances by their favorite owl in the design.  Isabella’s Garden at The Farm at South Mountain was the perfect place for family and friends to gather for this al fresco Jack and Jill shower. Surrounded by the blooming gardens and 100-year-old pecan trees guests enjoyed games, dined on the Farm’s fresh garden foods and sipped on lemonade with owl-adorned stirrers.  Nests filled with robin blue eggs, mismatched vases tucked with blooming wildflowers and fresh herbs embellished the feasting tables. Check out the pictures below to see more of this lovely, sweet affair!                                                                                                                                   

P.S.  We’ve included a picture of Baby Brody who was delivered just a few weeks ago.  We think he’s just perfect.     

~ Leslie

Bold Color Palettes…A Trend for 2011


Choosing a color palette for your special day can be quite tricky especially if you don’t know where to begin. The colors in which you chose will not only be incorporated in almost every aspect of your wedding (décor, invitations, flowers, linens, food, attire, etc.) but they will also play a huge part in setting the tone.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing your wedding colors. Consider the season, your ceremony and reception locations, colors you love, and colors that complement the theme of your wedding. The hottest new trend for 2011 is BOLD colors. Below are a few examples of how to use bold colors in your own wedding!

Marie Labbancz Photography
Keri Doolittle Photography
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Diana M Lott Photography

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~ Kaitlin

Rehearsal Dinner at Red Rock Resort’s Lanes


We recently planned a destination rehearsal dinner in Las Vegas that was a huge hit with our bride and groom and their family and friends. There could have been a formal dinner full of toasts, or a gathering at a popular Las Vegas show, but Kate & Company dreamed up an ‘out of the box’ concept for this fun-loving couple at the Red Rock Lanes – in a private suite at the most techno-bowling alley in the U.S.
We assisted with developing a 300-picture slide show that was displayed on four separate screens that spanned the entire rear wall of the four private lanes. The guest’s shoe sizes were collected in advance and the groom coordinated the teams. Upon arrival there were “wow’s” and “this is very cool” comments as the guests found their way through the hearty buffet and settled in the sleek and comfy lounge atmosphere with a drink from their private bartender.
Completely engaged in conversation and watching the slide show which, included every one of the guests present as well as couple shots, the guests realized that their shoes, socks, and team names were already coordinated with their lane as they began to get laced-up for a few hours of fun.
As the night continued, the slideshow turned to the couple’s favorite artists music videos to keep the hips swaying. All in all it was a non-traditional rehearsal dinner yet one that was just perfect for the couple with unique touches to make their memory of this evening extraordinary!

~ Kate