Leah & Kevin's Baby Shower - Placentia, CA

Everyone that follows our work on social media knows about my overwhelming love for my niece Olivia so when news broke out that she's gonna be joining the very exclusive "Ate (Big Sister) Club" I was ecstatic for her and for our families. 

The Inspiration

You would be shocked with where my initial design started from? It's far from where it ended up and such a wonderful turn of events. Started my design around a cactus themed baby shower for my sister Leah & Kevin with a lot of bohemian flair thrown in - very boho chic to be exact. Like many of my ideas I discussed them with my trusted business partner (the hubby!) for his feedback and he gave me a very unsatisfying "meh" face. He reminded me of what I'm great at and that tying in the personalities of my clients to their events. Then the video game inspired baby shower was born in celebration of my brother in law and his son - Baby Ryan. 

I chose to focus my design elements on 2 of the more iconic video games that almost everyone can identify with - Super Mario Brothers and Pac Man. It was a day of celebration for our families as we gain a new addition to the family with great food (brunch of course!), drinks (mimosas for the win!), a gaming station complete with Mario Kart for kids and adults to enjoy and a dessert table to send all our guests with sweet treats. 

The Menu

We chose to host the celebration at Alta Vista Country Club which has become a great venue for us to host many different events because of their amazing staff and location. Their Sunday Brunch was something we wanted to try and offered a great selection for all our guests. Breakfast items included: made to order omelets station, eggs benedict, waffles, breakfast potatoes, bacon and sausage, biscuits and gravy while the lunch offerings included: chicken cordon bleu, chile relleno, beef tips over pasta and carving stations for ham, turkey and prime rib.

The Dessert Table

After collaborating with my friend Michelle last Valentines' Day for our Galentines' Soiree (click here to read all about it!), I knew we needed to collaborate more on future events & projects. Michelle designed a beautiful work of art made of balloons to highlight our dessert table. She chose color inspirations based on the more vibrant hues associated with Super Mario Brothers and it made a perfect centerpiece to our baby shower. We stocked our dessert table with different treats to make sure that every guest has something yummy to take home - Krispy Kreme donuts off our custom donut wall, Super Mario & Pac Man custom cookies and candy in video game inspired tins for the kiddos. No details were spared from the amazing baby shower cake that Amriel designed for us. She is such a wonderfully talented human that I'm so glad to have worked with. Her attention to the littlest detail of this cake is so charming that she hand painted each character that was on the cake. She is truly a force to be reckoned with in the cake biz - and she's only 19!    

The Gaming Station

What would a video game inspired party be without a gaming station? Not the right kind of party I say! We knew we had to make it happen so we brought in a TV and a Nintendo Switch with several games for our guests to choose from. we decked the space with a Super Mario stand in and other decorative items to inspire our gamers to win! 

In just a few short weeks, you'll be joining this crazy family baby Ryan - hope you're ready for us since we're all very ready for you - especially Ate Liv. Be ready to be showered with lots of love, laughter, loud voices, happy faces from so many that already love you so much.  


Planning: Premier Soirees | Venue: Alta Vista Country Club | Photography: True Bliss Photography | Cake: Amriel Perches | Balloon Garland: Michelle Rogers | Donuts: Krispy Kreme | Signage: Happily Ever Etched | Cookies: Cakes by Tricia Faye | Mushroom Cups: Target | Florals: Los Angeles Flower Market

Wedding Tips - Mast Brothers Chocolates

Who wouldn't want to take home a decadent delicious chocolate bar as a parting gift after a night of great food and drinks at a beautiful wedding or party? we stumbled upon these beauties during a recent trip to one of our favorite cafes in Downtown Fullerton. 

Mast Brothers chocolates are known for their bean-to-bar production. They pay attention to every detail of the process of making each chocolate bar so you know each bar is very special. Just the packaging alone will make you fall in love with them. I already see them in a place setting nestled on top of a beautiful menu card waiting to be devoured at the end of the evening. Enjoy!

Sheryl & Rocky - How He Asked

This is a first of these series that we've been wanting to do since we updated the website and blog earlier this year. 

We're always inspired by the different couples that we meet with their love and actual love story. Today, we're excited to share one of our couple's engagement story as this couple is very special to us. 

Photo courtesy of Sarah Mack Photo

I met Sheryl a few years ago during her sister's Shanelle's consultation meeting and we've loved her since then. Her relationship with her big sis reminded me of my own "baby" - I totally get their "Ate/Baby" relationship. I was over the moon the day that Shanelle shared with me that Rocky (Sheryl's fiancé) will be proposing very soon. I waited and waited and waited until I saw all the posts on social media that confirmed that Rocky's popped the question and finally sent the couple all my love. I'm excited that they've chosen our team to be there on their wedding day to help them with the planning and coordination of this day. We still have a few more weeks/months to go before the big day but I'm excited to share their engagement story for now with all of you. For the full post of this big day, click here to see their feature on How He Asked. 

How Rocky Asked

With the beach of Santa Monica as the backdrop to their love story, Rocky knew that this was the perfect spot to ask Sheryl to be his wife. They were celebrating their 6th anniversary of being together last September 17 with a day packed of activities that included a couples' massage at Burke Williams followed by watching the sunset on the beach and a romantic dinner at the Santa Monica Pier. 

As they were walking on the shore, Rocky grabbed Sheryl's hands and started sharing his love for her. Before Sheryl even knew it, Rocky was down on bended knee asking her, “Will you marry me?” After Sheryl gave her astounding YES and gleamed at her beautiful ring, Rocky proceeded to tell Sheryl to look up towards the edge of the pier where their family & friends were witnessing this special moment before their eyes holding engagement signs for them.  Rocky had everything planned out including having this whole moment captured on video by Sheryl's cousins & brother for them to treasure even past their big day. 

Watch their engagement story unfold in the video below. 

Five of our Favorite Grand Entrance Songs

The music you choose to play from all aspects of your wedding - from your pre-ceremony to the last song of the night is really significant. We love how our brides and grooms have chosen music that speaks to their personality and would be entertaining to them and their guests. We have so many favorites that we want to share but the music for your Grand Entrance is definitely one of our faves.  You’ve probably heard most of the tried-and-true reception entrance songs before. Imagine dancing into your reception to one of these upbeat, love-centric tunes to get your guests in party mode and start newlywed life on a very high note. 

“Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake

From the album: Trolls, 2016

Lyrics You’ll Love: “Nothing I can see but you when you dance, dance, dance/A feeling good, good, creeping up on you/So just dance, dance, dance, come on”

“Love on Top” by Beyoncé

From the album: 4, 2011

Lyrics You’ll Love: “You're the one that gives your all/You're the one that always calls/When I need you everything stops”

Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay

From  the album: Ghost Stories, 2014

Lyrics You’ll Love: “I'm gonna give you my heart/'Cause you're a sky, 'cause you're a sky full of stars/'Cause you light up the path”

“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers

From the album: Sunshine on Leith, 2013

Lyrics You’ll Love: “And if I grow old (when I grow old) well I know I'm gonna be/I'm gonna be the man who's growing old with you”

“24K Magic,” by Bruno Mars

Lyrics you’ll love: “Players only, come on/Put your pinky rings up to the moon/Girls, what y'all trying to do?/Twenty four karat magic in the air”

What's your favorite grand entrance music?