Sunday, August 26, 2007

Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley, California

Biana and Anthony contacted me in September, 2006 via the internet to assist them with a dream destination wedding in Napa Valley. They needed a wedding planner to assist them with finding the perfect venue and all the key vendors and details. I recommended Auberge du Soleil, the celebrity hideaway in Rutherford (home to Christina Aguilera's rehearsal dinner). After 10 months of phone conversations and emails we finally met and you can see what I created for them. It was nothing less than luxe, romantic and perfect!!

Credits: Nancy Liu Chin Floral, Richard Woods Photography, Perfect Endings Cake, and of course Lulu Events Design!

Meadowood, St. Helena, California

Meadowood is a majestic club in St. Helena, California that is nestled in a beautiful grove of old redwood trees. It is glamourous enough that Robert Redford takes his family there for a low key dinner and that is exactly what he did the evening of my clients wedding. As soon as I showcased this venue to my clients' Stephanie and Davis from Dallas on one of their scouting trips they were in love and the planning began. We offered their guests lavendar champagne cocktails that highlighted the subtle hue that was selected for the wedding - a light purple hue and a hint of cocoa. We hung chandeliers from trees and the crowd danced to Jack Johnson and the Red Hot Chile Peppers. One of my favorite weddings of the summer!

Credits: Meadowood, Napa Valley
  • Catering Perfect Endings- Cake
  • Blumengarten - Floral
  • Brian Cline -Band and Acoustics
  • Classic Party Rentals- linens, chairs and goblets
  • Richard Woods Photography
  • Lulu Events- Event Design

Friday, August 17, 2007

Clos Pegase Winery, Calistoga, California

A favorite event that I planned in May was a rehearsal dinner at a famous winery in Calistoga- Clos Pegase. It was a perfect evening in the valley- and the nite was spent toasting and roasting the happy couple.

  • Catering: Elaine Bell
  • Photos: Susan Jackson Photography
  • Design: Lulu Events

Cabo del Sol, Los Cabos, Mexico

Los Cabos, Mexico is a fabulous spot to host a destination wedding! It has much to offer and is a quick flight from California. I have actually had the pleasure of planning 2 weddings this year in Cabo! It can be challenging planning a wedding in a far away land and working with vendors in Mexico can be task in itself but both weddings went off without a hitch!

The wedding featured below was held in April at the Cabo del Sol Club, it was an intimate wedding (37 guests) that featured mango margaritas for the guests to cool off with after the ceremony which was held overlooking the ocean. Seashell Boutineires were custom made for the groom and his attendants. Guests dined on a 4 course meal that included a Lemon Chardonnay Granita served on a bed of iced Bougouinvilla and it was very eye catching! The 9 piece mariachi band made sure that a fun time was had by all and added the perfect spanish touch.

Enjoy the photos amigos!

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, California

The Asian Art Museum is one of the most beautiful places to host an event in San Francisco! I had the pleasure of working at this venue to create a very extraordinary wedding.

Photos by Andrew Weeks
Floral by Nancy Liu Chin
McCalls Catering- lighting and cuisine
Lulu Events- design
I Dream of Cake- wedding cake

Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, California

In March, I had the pleasure of working with a very glamourous client who was looking for some drama to infuse in to her white glove dinner party at the regal Fairmont San Francisco. The theme of Phantom of the Opera came to life with gold masks infused in to the low floral centerpieces and the hostess wore a feather boa. A little surprise for the guests was a lemon sorbet intermezzo served in individual iced swans. We had a beautifully lit skyline of San Francisco skyscrapers as the backdrop (we also ordered up a full moon from Mother Nature of course). Mission Accomplished- We sent the guests home swooning!

Calistoga Ranch, Napa Valley, California

I planned and designed a very elegant wedding in Wine Country at the very exclusive Calistoga Ranch. The hues were sage green and chocolate brown and it was a marvelous day! The guests dined inside a wine cave and boogied down to the City Lights Band.
Nancy Liu Chin was the floral designer. A great time was had by all!