Major League Baseball’s Hunter Pence and his bride, vlogger Alexis Cozombolidis, dreamed of a fantasy wedding. The fantasy combined three themes – Mamma Mia, designed specifically to celebrate Alexis’ Greek culture, Harry Potter, and Game of Thrones, both of which the adventurous couple adore. Given that challenge, we merged a Greek theme with magical fantasy that would delight ABBA, Jon Snow and the wizards of Gryffindor House.

The fun-loving couple wanted their guest to have a true experience. So to make this adventuresome wedding even more of an experience for them, guests were told that it was an “unplugged wedding” – no cell phones would be allowed, and no clues were provided for the location of the ceremony or receptions in advance. Guests were instructed to gather in front of Hotel Vitale where they were greeted by our staff, who tagged and bagged their cellphones for safekeeping. After boarding the transportation to both the church and reception, pre-recorded videos of Hunter and Alexis dropped clues to where they were going. 

To begin the celebrations, the ceremony venue was held at Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedral, with an aisle lined with Gardenias and Texas Smilax garlands (Hunter is a Texan), large brass glass candle lanterns and eight – six foot wide wrought iron chandeliers flanked the ceremony from above. Garden roses and peonies adorned the altar. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed an all-Greek cocktail reception on the Cathedral Platia in a 60’x100′ tent, complete with a 20-foot blue and white windmill representing the iconic Mykonos windmills of the Greek island. A Mykonos-blue color palette, yellow lemons, olive trees, fuchsia bougainvillea potted plants and cocktail table arrangements accented an all-white décor, added a festive vibrancy of the Mediterranean. For two hours, an eight-piece Greek band and 30 Greek dancers entertained the 250 guests. To continue the fun, the bride and groom slipped on matching Converse All Stars and showed off the results of private dancing lessons as they led everyone in their Mamma Mia celebration!  

Once guests arrived at Epic Steak, they entered the worlds of Harry Potter and Game of Thrones. Servings of lamb lollipops and lamb chops were threaded throughout the menus to transition from the Mamma Mia theme into the other magical themes represented by a whole roasted lamb

The entry tent brought out the Game of Thrones royal purple in the lounge furniture and pipe and drape. Medieval copper chandeliers draped with green garlands hung from the ceiling where guests sipped a Pensive Signature cocktail, noshed on bite-sized wood oven pizza, steak bites, and enjoyed three live musicians – one a ukulele player the bride loves, who later sang “Honestly” for their first dance. Guests plucked their purple escort cards inscribed with their names from a tree. With their RSVP, guests sent in self-portraits before the wedding and a spirit animal reader analyzed each attendee. Everyone’s unique result was revealed on their escort cards and the description was denoted on each guest’s personalized menu as a tie-in to Harry Potter. 

As guests crossed through a connecting tent, decorated predominantly in purple velvet drape and furniture with flourishes of metal containers holding greenery, they entered the dimly lit dinner/dance tent to discover several hundred floating candles individually hung with clear filament over six massive 40-foot long kings table and a 24-foot long head table. The candles varied in height from eight inches to a foot long. The head table featured two gold ornate thrones lined in black velvet much like those seen in Game of Thrones. A mixture of greenery, including moss, and touches of purple on a silver draped background dominated throughout the space. Above the head table on a 28-foot moss wall, hung the couple’s custom-designed, embroidered family crest featuring their spirit animals; the deer is the spirit animal of the Alexis; the goat is Hunter’s spirit animal. We incorporated elements of their Greek and Texas heritage into their custom family crest banner – lemons, olives, an oil rig, corn and of course their spirit animals. Banners are commonly used in both fantasy stories, and this was a special addition to the celebration.

For the dinner tables, we elected not to use table linen, as we wanted the wood tables to reflect the Harry Potter/Games of Throne medieval feel. Moss runners with everything imaginable from Dumbledore’s office – stars, purple potion vials, compasses, magnifying glasses, and votives encased in gold terrariums – glowed in the candlelight. The tables were named after sets of Magic: The Gathering, a trading card game that Hunter and Alexis loves to play. In Game of Thrones royal court style – place settings included white china on copper chargers, copper flatware; taupe hem-stitched napkins; gold-rimmed crystal stemware and a pewter water goblet. 

A three-course dinner was topped off with an enchanting three-tiered wedding cake decorated with sugar fresh cranberries and fresh rosemary sprigs and flowers on a table dripping moss, and numerous dessert stations. Enthralled guests joined the couple on the dance floor complete with the A&H Monogram gobo. Towards the end of the evening, guests viewed a final video of the bride and groom, 60 years in the future aged with hair and makeup, reflecting on their wedding day. One of their friends from Saturday Night Live wrote the script! 

Guests sent the bride and groom off in style with a tower of sparklers, waiving and cheering the happy couple as they drove off to the Fairmont San Francisco Penthouse.

“You hear people say their wedding was the best day of their life, but you don’t understand it until going through it yourself.” – Hunter and Alexis

Thank you Hunter and Alexis for allowing us to make your wedding dreams come true! Cheers!

  

 

 

 

Special thanks to all of the wedding professionals who worked together to make this a dream wedding for Hunter and Alexis. You are all superstars.

Pre-Wedding Preparation & After-Party: Fairmont San Francisco | Ceremony Venue: Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedral  Reception Venue & Catering: Epic Steak | Design & Planning: Morgan Events | Photography: Mel Barlow & Co. Florals: Revel Floral  | Videography: Kevin Chin Photography + Cinema | Tent & Tabletop: Hensley Event Resources | Lighting: Got Light. | Furniture: Blueprint Studios | Cake: Sweet on Cake | Invitations & Calligraphy: Cheree Berry Paper | Ceremony Music: Anna Counelis | Greek Band: Helios Greek Band | Greek Dancers: Danny Staveris | Reception Music: Melvin Sings | DJ: DJ Cams | Video Booth: The Slow Motion Booth | Transportation: Shaw Transportation Management | Favors: Greenway Coffee | Wedding Party Stylist: Dhstyle Inc. | Bridal Gown & Accessories: Monique Lhuillier | Hair/Makeup: Style Bee | Groom’s Attire: Banana Republic

Since June 21st is the official start of the summer season, consider this blog our Ode to Summer. Sunshine all day; the powdery softness after a day spent in the sand, when sand is all over your feet, legs and car; afternoons spent lazing on a blanket or hammock and nights when there’s nothing to do and you just go get ice cream at your local shop – for some reason ice cream just tastes better on summer nights.  Summer is one of those seasons that reminds us of fun memories of childhood and a feeling of excitement. As American author F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees just as things grow fast in the movies, I had the familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” We feel the same way, Mr. Fitzgerald, and today we’re sharing one of our favorite ways to kick off the summer season: a lobster boil on the beach. Cue DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s ‘Summertime’ and get inspired to create your own beachside bash for friends and family this summer season.

There’s so much to love about weddings. But when you have the chance to design and plan a destination wedding, there’s even MORE to love about weddings! Especially when the two amazing grooms chose the Big Island of Hawaii as their destination. Tom and Axel wanted their celebration to be an intimate gathering for dear friends and family; a weekend of events designed to be relaxing and fun, catered to their guests varying interests, and above all, a very memorable weekend.

The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai was the chosen spot, as they have so many fond memories of this resort and wanted to share their experiences with their guests. With breathtaking ocean waves, soft sandy beach, delectable cuisine, and legendary Four Seasons service, the entire wedding weekend was smooth sailing.

In dedicating this blog entry to Tom and Axel – Happy Anniversary! (and our love of destination weddings) we’ve chosen some of our favorite highlights featuring the wedding ceremony and reception. We hope you enjoy dreaming of island getaways and destination weddings, and if you decide a DW is the right way to go, you know who to call. Mahalo!

Photography: Michelle Walker Photography | Event Design & Planning: Morgan Events | Venue, Catering & Cake: Four Seasons Hualalai | Floral Design: Flowers by Heidi | Canopy, Lighting, Chairs, Tabletop: Hawaii Island Events | Music: Hawaii Sound and Vision | Stationery: Twig & Fig | Calligraphy: Papineau Calligraphy

When planning a wedding, there are so many details to consider – the guest list, venue, invitations, menu, music – the list goes on! But perhaps one of the most fun elements of planning is choosing your wedding cake. We suggest you always leave this element to the professionals! Experienced pastry chefs and bakers are masters of their craft. With so many creative pastry chefs and artisan bakers out there, you’re bound to find exactly what you’re looking for in a wedding cake. From simple to ornate, sugar art and fondant to edible flowers; fruits and fillings and drip cake toppings, there’s no limit to the creativity and design available for your wedding cake.

Below, we’ve complied some of our client’s wedding cakes throughout the years. We’ve included short captions to describe the style of each cake and any special features that pulled the cake into the overall design of the wedding events.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image 1: 3 tier cake with hand-piping detail and cascading passion vines. Cake designed by Sweet on Cake | Photo: Kopol Bonick Photography.

Image 2-3: Square fondant covered cake topped with orchids for destination wedding in Hawaii. Cake designed by Four Seasons Hualalai | Photo: Michelle Walker Photography.

Image 4: A naked chocolate cake, dripping in white chocolate icing, topped with seasonal fruit. Cake designed by St. Regis San Francisco | Photo by Arrowood Photography.

Image 5: Floating cake illusion with silver strands. Cake designed by Flours SF | Photo by Anna Kuperbergg.

Image 6: Hexagon shaped cake with ribbon trim and piping detail. Cake designed by Inticing Creations | Photo by Gertrude & Mabel Photography.

Image 7: 5 tier fondant covered cake with sugar flower cascade. Cake designed by Carolyn Wong Cakes | Photo by Geoff White Photographers.

Image 8: Mardi Gras inspired button and paisley cake. Cake designed by The Whole Cake | Photo by Molly Landreth Photography.

Image 9: Fondant covered cake with ombre ruffles. Cake designed by Sweet on Cake | Photo by Kevin Chin Photography.

Image 10-12: Lace patterned cake with sugar flowers and custom monogram. Cake designed by Sweet on Cake | Photo by Arrowood Photography.

Image 13: Multi-sized 5 tier cake with lace cascade detail and blooming sugar flowers. Cake designed by Jasmine Rae Cakes | Photo by Michelle Walker Photography.

Image 14-15: Gold leaf cornered square cake with custom monogram. Cake designed by Sweet on Cake | Photo by Arrowood Photography.

Image 16: Hand-painted architectural cake in black and white. Cake designed by Flours SF | Photo by Dane Sanders.

Image 17: 4 layer bamboo shoot cake topped with love birds. Cake designed by Carolyn Wong Cakes | Photo by Lisa Lefkowitz.

Along with our love and congratulations, we’re dedicating this blog entry to one of our very own and her new husband. Nancy and Dustin were married at the Fairmont San Jose and their beautiful wedding has been featured in Today’s Bride Magazine San Francisco. This couple’s style added a twist to a traditional ballroom wedding. Opting for black linens with pops of color in the florals and a stationery suite to match, Nancy and Dustin’s wedding was a formal affair with modern flair. Congratulations, love birds!

Photography: Jasmine Lee | Planning: Morgan Events | Florals: Soulflower | Venue: Fairmont San Jose
Hair/Makeup: Bao’s Artistry | Stationery: Yonder Design | Calligraphy: Papineau Calligraphy
Catering & Cake: Fairmont San Jose | Lighting/AV: Got Light. | Cinematography: REB6 Studios
Ceremony & Cocktail Musicians: Entire Productions | DJ: Twilite Productions | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

   

One of the best wedding traditions that has carried on throughout centuries is sending a formal printed invitation to wedding guests. There is something special and nostalgic about receiving an invitation by post. Invitations are your guests first peek into your wedding style – whether it be formal or informal, classic or themed, it sets the tone for your wedding. And that chosen style of the invitation will then be carried throughout the wedding day events. Ceremony programs, escort cards, table numbers and dinner menus should all reflect the style and design of your wedding invitation. All of these paper elements are considered part of the wedding stationery suite.

In today’s blog entry, we’re sharing a few of our favorite stationery pieces from previous weddings and events. We love working with couples and watching as they make decisions together to determine their personal style. Whether the stationery reflects a shared passion, a special interest that brought the couple together or something simple like the couple’s favorite colors, elements of the stationery suite can be customized beyond imagination. Gone are the days of just ink on a piece of paper. In today’s stationery, anything is possible from blind embossing to foil; etched glass/lucite to edging. If you can imagine it, chances are, it can be done. We hope you will enjoy browsing the images below and that they will inspire you to discover your own personal style for your wedding stationery suite.

Images 1-2: Jade Studios Productions / Alia Designs | Image 3: Lisa Lefkowitz / Hello!Lucky
Images 4/12: Anna Kuperberg / Aerialist Press | Images 5-9: Michelle Walker / Twig & Fig / Papineau Calligraphy / Yonder Design
Images 10-11/15-16: Larissa Cleveland / Yonder Design | Image 13-14: Kopol Bonick / Three Little Words
Images 17-20: Arrowood Photography / Hello!Lucky | Images 21-25: Gertrude & Mabel / Twig & Fig / Papineau Calligraphy
Images 26-27: Kevin Chin / Hello!Lucky / Papineau Calligraphy

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Summertime is almost here and the Morgan Events team is ready for all the excitement of the season. Warm weather, plenty of sunshine, backyard BBQs, picnics in the park, beach bonfires and late night star-gazing are just a few of the fun plans we have this year. But the classic summer activity that we love the most is creating the ambiance for a memorable outdoor culinary feast. New England has clam bakes, the South has crawfish boils and the West Coast has crab feeds. No matter what region, each has a classic summer feast that brings friends and family together. Today we’re sharing images from one such regional culinary feast we planned in Taos, New Mexico. In the middle of the great Southwest, our friends at Componere Fine Catering helped us create a most memorable spit roast welcome dinner for our clients and their guests.

Photography: Arrowood Photography | Design & Planning: Morgan Events | Location: Private Venue – Taos, New Mexico Catering: Componere Fine Catering | Tent: Zephyr Tents | Lounge Seating: Blueprint Studios | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Menu & Game Signs: Yonder Design

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Springtime in California’s Wine Country is breathtaking. The air is crisp and cool, tree buds are sprouting and flowers are blooming. This spring, we had the opportunity to showcase the sweet changes of the season by teaming up with Revel Floral on a styled photo shoot at Campovida in Hopland, California.

Lush gardens abound on Campovida’s property. Design inspiration flowed from the Tuscan Garden and we couldn’t resist it’s alluring charm. An arbor of trailing wisteria became the anchor for the design. We knew that below it was the perfect spot to design a country garden inspired dining area. (Or as the Italians would call it, Giardino di Campagna.) Our goal was to blend our design elements to enhance the existing beauty of the property.

In the garden, we placed a 16 foot king’s table and square tables with neutral linens covered the tables ensuring the bright blooms would pop with color. Coral Peonies, David Austin Garden Roses, Tulips, White Lilac and Pittosporum were nestled in carved stone pottery or gold stemmed vessels. Luscious sprigs of Mock Orange sprang from the arrangements. We chose gold-plated flatware to compliment the floral arrangements and chose an intricate patterned china in antique white. The place settings were meant to be delicate with a touch of modern, reminiscent of the ceramic tableware a country manor house might use for dinner service. Menus were printed with an artichoke graphic and backed with textured fabric adding a simple, yet elegant layer of softness to the place setting.

We hope you enjoy the results of our Tuscan garden inspired photo shoot!

Photography: Larissa Cleveland | Design/Planning: Morgan Events | Florals: Revel Floral | Venue: Campovida
Tables/PlaceSettings: Encore Event Rentals | Chairs: Blueprint Studios | Linens: Napa Valley Linens | Menu: Yonder Design
Dress: Amy Kuschel | Suit: The Black Tux

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Award-winning Chef Thomas Keller is famous for what he calls “the law of diminishing returns” when it comes to bites of food. At the French Laundry, a tasting menu is served with each course consisting of just a few perfect bites of food. Why? Because according to Keller and other famous chefs, during the first few bites of food, flavors are heightened and shortly thereafter, flavor saturation and palette fatigue set in. This means that a served portion of food should leave diners wanting just one more bite. By doing so, you guard against complacency with a dish or flavors, leaving your palette alive to once again absorb new flavors with each new dish.

When it comes to creating an unforgettable dining experience for our event guests, we’ve learned there’s a lot of truth to Chef Keller’s idea. More and more, our clients want to impress their guests with a variety of food options – cuisines from other cultures, delights sourced by local purveyors, chilled ceviches or tartars, and of course, the ever-so-popular request, upscale comfort food. The best way to satisfy this request is to offer guests small bites of savory and sweet treats with lots of variety. Our stellar catering partners focus on the guests’ dining experience and create dishes that are perfectly suited to an entertaining atmosphere. Not to mention they invent innovative ways to showcase these delectable works of art and know just how to make each dish take its turn in the spotlight.

We hope you enjoy this blog entry as it is sure to be a feast for the eyes.

Delectable bites were created by the following catering companies:
Componere Fine Catering | Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | St. Regis San Francisco
Photography by Arrowood Photography | Kevin Chin | Lisa Lefkowitz

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Along with our love and congratulations, we’re dedicating this blog entry to our clients, Tom and Axel. Their breathtakingly beautiful Hawaiian wedding has been published in the 2016 edition of Today’s Bride Magazine. We were thrilled to receive the news and wanted to share the published feature on our blog. Special thanks to photographer Michelle Walker for her art in capturing the memorable moments, special details, and the undeniable love between Tom and Axel. It was truly a delight working with the grooms and our partners to design and produce this once in a lifetime celebration. Congratulations Tom and Axel!

Venue: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai | Design/Planning: Morgan Events | Flowers: Flowers by Heidi
Rentals: Hawaii Island Events | Invitations: Twig & Fig | Calligraphy: Papineau Calligraphy

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