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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A quintessential San Francisco wedding showcasing the couple’s love of world travel was the inspiration behind Jessica and Rob’s opulent wedding at the historic Bently Reserve.

The bride and groom came to us with three requests. First, the event celebrations had to take place in locations that held sentimental meaning to them as a couple. Second, their love of travel and world cuisine was to be showcased in the small, personal details that make a wedding unique to the bride and groom. Lastly, as the wedding was to take place during the holiday season, the couple wanted to showcase the beauty of San Francisco during the most wonderful time of year.

As the three requests mentioned above were the most important aspects of the celebration to Jessica and Rob, we’ll focus our attention on those. But know, dear readers, we could write a very long essay on the event planning, design and production of this grand celebration. It was everything we love about events – collaborative, creative and custom-tailored to our clients.

Let’s start with the location. When choosing the ceremony location, the couple easily decided on the Santa Clara Mission Church where they attend Sunday mass. As for the reception location, the couple was looking for old world charm amongst San Francisco’s many historic landmarks. Upon entering the marble hall of the Bently Reserve, they knew this was the perfect space for their celebration. The Bently Reserve is the Old Federal Reserve building in the city. In addition, Rob’s grandfather had been a banker during that time and employed in the Banking Hall.

Our next challenge was to bring some of Jessica and Rob’s personal travel experiences and favorite cuisines from around the globe to the wedding guests. Beginning with cocktail hour, passed hors d’oeuvres represented cities and countries to which Jessica and Rob had traveled, including London, Scotland, Hawaii, New York, and the English countryside, just to name a few. The cuisine of the United States shined at dinner when guests were treated to an American Steakhouse menu. Escort cards leading guests to tables were attached to travel-themed ornaments. Each table was named after one of the pair’s many travel destinations, from Champagne, France to Memphis, Tennessee. A snow globe from the same location, perched on a silver pillar, added a visual snapshot of the world destination. The snow globes were from the couple’s personal collection and became the perfect elements to connect the travel elements with the beauty of the winter season.

Finally, to further incorporate the season into the celebration, Jessica and Rob’s first dance as husband and wife was to Billy Idol’s hit, “White Wedding.” As guests were invited to the dance floor, the Banking Hall was transformed into a snow globe as snow began falling from the ceiling, creating that cozy winter glow that makes a blanket of snow oh so mesmerizing. As the evening drew to a close, guests were gifted custom-made chocolate snow globes as a sweet memory of this unforgettable event. This winter wedding was truly magical and it was our honor to have worked with such a wonderful couple.

Venue: Bently Reserve | Photography: Anna Kuperberg | Design & Planning: Morgan Events
Florals: Soulflower Design Studio | Caterer: Componere Fine Catering | Cake: Sweet On Cake
Linens/Chair Covers: Wildflower Linen  Rentals : Classic Party Rentals | Lighting: Got Light
Calligrapher: Papineau Calligraphy | Stationary: Twig & Fig

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