Nestled in the hills above Marin County with views of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, a family estate garden was the perfect setting for Leslie and Josh’s engagement celebration. Design inspiration flowed from the natural garden setting, lush greens and breathtaking landscape. The summer color palette was determined by amethyst, Leslie’s favorite color, while chartreuse, soft white and spring green complemented the surrounding environment. Our goal was to blend design elements to enhance the existing beauty of the property. The tables were topped with a variety of seasonal white blooms including orchids, peonies, freesias, verbena. Green parrot tulips, cabbage flowers and snow peas added a fresh garden appeal.

The engagement celebration was a festive affair for the couple’s closest friends and family. While working in an outdoor space, we wanted to create an intimate atmosphere for their nearest and dearest to mix and mingle in a casual and relaxed environment. And what better way to bring people together than over delectable dishes? Componere Fine Catering was up for the challenge. Working inside the home’s spacious kitchen, the catering team put forth a menu that was playful and fun to keep the atmosphere light and casual. Service began with passed petite-sized bites that encouraged sampling while mingling. This nod to the couple’s preference for bite-sized comfort foods was a great way to start the evening. The canapés menu included delights such as petite fish tacos with lime and mango, petite grilled cheese paired with heirloom tomato soup and mini sliders on brioche rolls with cones of pommes frites. For dinner, a selection of summer dishes was served and the dessert round presented petite strawberry shortcake, frozen chocolate malt kulfi topped with crushed caramel corn and hot crispy valrhona chocolate banana wontons served with vanilla bean milkshake shooters.

As the sun began to set and the candles illuminated the garden, the engagement celebration for Leslie and Josh came to an end. But for us, it was just the beginning of a wonderful year during which we had the privilege of planning their next life celebration….their wedding!

Photography: Arrowood Photography | Design & Planning: Morgan Events
Flowers: Michael Daigian Design | Catering: Componere Fine Catering


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