San Francisco | Sunday March 27th
e are only a week away from our next San Francisco Dream Bridal Tour
, and we only have two spots left! We hope you can join us on what will be our best journey yet, complete with a mimosa brunch to start our day, and ending with sweet treats and makeup fun!
You can purchase the tickets directly through the Eventbrite site
, and we hope to see you on the tour!
If you want to get on the Wine Country tour, you can purchase tickets here
Bloogers go quiet March 18 - by Utterly Engaged and Ever Ours
n order to raise money and awareness for the devastation in Japan, the bloggers at Utterly Engaged
and Ever Ours
have asked for all bloggers to go quiet on Friday March 18th, and we were more than happy to participate. Here are the details and how to get involved:
For Japan with Love
has a direct link on the website to our fundraising page for Shelter Box
ShelterBox was one of THE first organizations asked by Japan to help and were on hand on the Saturday after the quake. Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children's activity pack and other vital items. Please check it out and whatever you can contribute will be so appreciated.
Bloggers Day of Silence:
Anyone that has a blog can help out with this one.
The aim is just raise awareness and respect and acknowledge the devastation going on in Japan.
The guidelines are simple.
1. This coming Friday, March 18th, no posts at all on your blog.
2. Please post a blog post about what you will be doing this Friday whenever possible in hopes to spread the word and whoever else would like to join in.
3. Tweet and Re-Tweet the link to http://www.forjapanwithlove.com
4. Encourage your readers to contribute to donate shelter to Japan.
Whatever anyone can contribute will be appreciated. Every little bit helps.
Just in time for St. Patrick's Day
In honor my family history and St. Patrick's Day I have compiled a few of my favorite Irish wedding traditions along with some updated ways to incorporate them into your special day.
The first of which is the ever important Mead or honey wine which is thought to promote virility. As you probably guessed it is made from honey and is delicious. Irish tradition has the happy couple drinking this beverage for a full month or "full moon" after the ceremony. This is where the term "honeymoon" was derived. When you toast be sure to say Sláinte (pronounced Slawn-cheh), which is Gaelic for cheers!
The Marriage Bell: history has it that every couple should receive a bell as a wedding gift. The bell is placed in the newlywed's home and when a disagreement takes place, one of the couple rings the bell to end the argument and declare a truce without an admission of fault...brilliant! A fun way to incorporate this tradition into your wedding is to hand out individual bells to your guests (with instructions attached) to ring during the processional and in place of clinking glasses at the reception.
Irish Dancers: This is a great way to kick off the dancing portion of the evening (think Riverdance). They are beautifully dressed and impressive to watch and you can't help but get in the party mood.
The Claddagh Ring: Originated during the 17th century and has multiple meanings. The hands holding the heart denote friendship and togetherness, the heart signifies love and the crown stands for loyalty. There are so many ways to incorporate this symbol if you so choose, be it a traditional ring or as an inscription inside your wedding bands.
The Kilt: It takes a very confident man to pull this look off but when they do it is wonderful, even better if the groomsmen get in on it. The kilt represents a particular family heritage and the plaid pattern can be carried out through many aspects of the wedding design.
Traditionally wild flowers are used in the brides flowers incorporated into a wreath for her hair and in the bouquet. Bells of Ireland are also a wonderful choice and have a great scent. To bring good luck to the marriage, tuck a sprig of shamrock into the bouquet and the grooms' boutonnière.
Some funny old traditions:
When leaving the church, someone must throw an old shoe over the bride's head so she will have good luck...this is just asking for trouble.
If the bride's mother-in-law breaks a piece of wedding cake on the bride's head as she enters the house after the ceremony, they will be friends for life. Such a humorous way to ensure a friendship...I like it.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
The Flood Mansion | January 29
es, I am posting another Flood Mansion
wedding! I know, it looks like I only work there, and while I do work there frequently, it is simply because it is one of my favorite San Francisco venues, and it happens to be six blocks away from our office. I also know the venue so well, and can really help clients plan amazing events there effortlessly.
This wedding is no different. I met Cristin and Matt in September, when they came by Flood Mansion to meet with me, and see another wedding I was putting together there. They loved what they saw, and decided to have their wedding not only at the Flood Mansion, but also with me as their planner. We did have less than six months to plan, but with her mother picking up beautiful elements for the wedding, and the couple and I booking their vendors, the result was a gorgeous winter wedding! I can't explain how beautiful these images are, and the rainy day created a perfect cozy backdrop to their warm and family oriented wedding.
Check out the images from Shanni Weilert
, and for those of you considering seeing your groom before the ceremony, this is another example of the touching moment when you first see each other. Another thing to take note of is the difference some simple up-lighting made in both of the rooms to create a different mood. Enjoy!
(You can also see more of this wedding on 7x7 Magazine's Wedding Blog
The moment when they were able to see each other for the first time before the ceremony
I adore this send off photo, congrats Cristin & Matt!
Haute Bride | March 25-27
ur friends at Haute Bride
are having a Stephanie James
trunk show from March 25-27! The Dream Bridal Tour
will be coming through on the 27th, so our participants will get to check out the beautiful dresses for themselves. The designer herself will be at the salon on Saturday March 26 to help brides design their custom gowns, so make sure to get your appointment, as they will fill up quickly.
Brides will save 15% on their gowns purchased during the trunk show!