When Jane broke the news to me that she & Tristan decided to have their wedding in Mendocino Valley, I was absolutely thrilled! Knowing Jane, I knew it was going to be an amazing celebration that we would all remember for a long time. Lucky for her, all the tools and resources to plan a fabulous wedding were right at her finger-tips; I mean, this girl could have planned it all in her sleep. Jane is so used to handling all of the details for other couples that she insisted on doing it all herself – but who can blame her? She is after-all, one of the most sought-after wedding planners on Maui.
A handful of us came early and kicked off the celebration with a night out in The City for a bachelor/bachelorette party – Naturally, we started at a 1920’s era speakeasy bar called Bourbon and Branch where we sipped on delightful concoctions, buzzing with excitement with the festivities of the nuptials to come. We continued to the financial district to Tropisueno – a charming authentic Mexican restaurant with an urban touch, amazing food and ambiance. We ate to our hearts content, toasted to the Bride and Groom to-be, and enjoyed each other’s company; it was a good time : )
A small intimate group of Jane & Tristan’s closest family and friends gathered for a weekend of fun in the Anderson Valley; everyone was from out of town.The weekend wedding adventure officially began the day before the ceremony. We all gradually made our way along the beautiful drive towards Mendocino. The 1st rendezvous took place at Toulouse Vineyards for our start to some wine-tasting fun – All wedding guests slowly trickled onto the outdoor patio of the wine tasting room. Once everyone had arrived and before everyone had a chance to get comfortable, we were all off caravaning to the next winery of our tasting extravaganza – GoldenEye Winery. We were all graciously greeted with a beautiful picnic-lunch hosted by Jane & Tristan under a large oak tree. No cute DIY picnic detail was spared. Feeling relaxed and slightly satiated we made our way to the last winery of our wine tasting tour: Esterlina Vineyards. This boutique, family owned winery is the exact location where Tristan proposed to Jane some months before. The winery sits high on a hill top overlooking the Anderson Valley, definitely one of the most romantic views I have seen.
We eventually all made it to the boutique Mendocino Valley hotel that we called home for a couple of days. It was perfect. Quaint, quiet, small town vibe with little to no cell reception. We quickly checked in and re-assembled for a festive Southern BBQ rehearsal dinner where we indulged in “low & slow ” Carolina BBQ pork butt, baked potatoes and corn muffins with butter and honey. The night was memorable ending in a game of Celebrity – (I like to call it charades on steroids) in our very own private hotel lobby.
The wedding day arrived and the weather was exceptionally nice. The locals in the area said that it was so unusual for it be that warm and sunny without any fog at that time of year – It was a perfect day to get married. Jane & Tristan are a no-frills couple; they both enjoy the finer simplicities in life which definitely projected on their wedding day. Good food and excellent wine was a must with a few simple decor details. A soft -hues color palate of pastels and golds combining beautiful minimalistic decor set the tone for the special day. The girls and I made sure all details were in place before relaxing with Jane sipping on champagne as the final getting ready touches were done. It was so fun being on the other side of the fence, enjoying the anticipation and excitement of what was to come. Everything flowed so nicely and flawlessly sans cell phone or clip-board (the essentials we are so used to having for a wedding day)- it all unfolded organically and before you know it, Jane was walking down the aisle with each parent at her side, smiling from cheek to cheek as she joined her soul mate Tristan at the alter. Tristan’s father Dario performed a heart-felt ceremony. Jane and Tristan exchanged their personal vows to each other and declared their unconditional love in front of their family and friends. The late afternoon cocktail reception progressed into the most amazing California sunset which graced us with the perfect Golden Light that seemed to last forever. Rebecca and Jonathan from Tamiz Photography captured it all so flawlessly – It was so fun to have them there. After-all they are one of our all time favorite wedding photographers.
We were all escorted into the cozy dinning room for dinner at the Inn at Cobler’s Walk. Delicious food smells of goat cheese encrusted rack of lamb and beef bourguignon wafted in the room while the wine was being generously poured. It really was a delightful evening. At the end of dinner, as everyone enjoyed more delicious wine and affogato for dessert, Jane and Tristan stood in front of their 40 guests and individually thanked each one for coming and told them why they mean so much to the both of them. It was a cheerful, heartfelt and loving gesture, clearly the perfect way to start a life time of happiness together.
Venue & Catering: The Inn at Cobbler’s Walk
Photographer: Tamiz Photography
Flowers: Dandelion Flowers
Rentals: Wine Country Party
Event Design: Jane Park/ Belle Destination Events
Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy
Ceremony Music: Marcia Sloan & Marcia Lotter
Hair: Kristin Lindsey
Planning Details Makes Weddings Shine
When it comes to planning a destination wedding, brides must have confidence in their wedding planner’s ability to handle all of the technical and logistical planning. As brides have become more wedding savvy through blogs like Green Wedding Shoes, Ruffled, Pacific Weddings Love Notes and so on, it has challenged coordinators to be stylists as well!
We have always kept a focus on the attention to detail over the years. It’s reflected in every wedding & event that we coordinate and style. It’s fun to challenge ourselves to be at the forefront of the wedding industry trends, as well as, innovators of “never seen before” custom designs (we love a good think tank session!). It’s that extra step that we take to make each bride feel her wedding is right out of a storybook!
Our team is an ensemble of designers that carry the same passion for style and everything fabulous! Attending design Wedding Workshops, Industry Events (The Cream, in L.A) participating in Wedding Design Forums and networking with the top wedding design blogs- we bring that to every planning session! Check out some of our latest weddings & events… it’s all in the details!
More details to come!
Good morning 2012! Okay, yes… So we are a little belated. But, we have been busy little wedding planning bees, preparing for our first event of the new year. We find ourselves in the gorgeous island of Hawaii – a.k.a. “The Big Island,” – for the wedding of Caroline & Phil.
This amazing couple is about to tie the knot at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. It will be a 3-day event extravaganza, leading up to their wedding day, which will be one for the record books. We have loved working with this American/Aussie pair since this past summer, and we could not ask for better clients. We are looking forward to making their wedding day an unforgettable experience. We have an amazing team of Hawaii wedding vendors including the fabulous husband and wife wedding photography team Whitney and Jesse from Our Labor of Love flying in from Atlanta, Georgia, the beautiful girls of Bella Bloom Floral Boutique from Maui and incredible slack key guitarist LT Smooth, just to mention a few. More photos and details to come soon…. Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!
Just a reminder to all of our mainland US brides out there: Hawaii doesn’t experience a time change for daylight savings, so we have listed some new time differences for you, just in case your iphone World Clock is not handy:
Alaska – 1 hour ahead
California – 2 hours ahead
Vegas – 2 hours ahead
Denver – 3 hours ahead
Houston – 4 hours ahead
New York – 5 hours ahead
I am so excited about my recent joint venture with Jane at Belle Destination Weddings and Events. This has been a great decision and I am confident that we will both do so well together, taking the business to the next level. We make a such good team when it comes to planning an event, both in the office and on-site at a wedding. Not to mention, we are extremely close friends, so it really makes working together not really seem like work. Combining our creative thinking, sense of style, business strengths, and fun personalities, we make a dynamic duo. We did work together in the wedding industry before so it is more of a business re-union that we just couldn’t pass up! I look forward to this incredible adventure with my best friend and new business partner!