The month of November is typically associated with the harvest season. One of America’s favorite holidays, Thanksgiving, was originally designated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and all the good things that came of the preceding year. Living in Northern California, we may not have a traditional harvest season that other parts of the country experience, but we do have the all-important harvest season of grapes in our famous Napa Valley growing regions. As such, this blog entry is all about the inspiration that stems from wine country and all the bountiful crops the region has to offer. Along with a team of wedding professionals, we transformed a few spaces at the St. Regis San Francisco into our very own wine country harvest celebration. From the rich fall colors to the rustic loaves of bread and fruits of the season, we wanted to evoke the essence of harvest with our very own California twist. And since we do love wine country weddings, we couldn’t help but include a few wedding details – a delectable naked cake, rustic bouquet and yes, even a recently wed couple! We hope you enjoy the abundance of the season. Sending our best wishes to you and yours for a Happy Thanksgiving.

Photography: Arrowood Photography | Design: Morgan Events | Florals: Revel Floral | Venue & Cake: St. Regis San Francisco  Farm Table & Tableware/Chateau Sofas/Ceremony Arbor: Bright Event Rentals | Tuscan Chairs/Wine Barrel/Pillows: Blueprint Studios | Menus: Dependable Letterpress | Calligraphy: Papineau Calligraphy | Gowns & Accessories: Jinza Couture | Suit: The Black Tux | Hair/Makeup: Get Your Do Up

      

   

Today’s blog entry features a photo shoot we designed at Campovida in Hopland, California. Campovida is a small family farm and winery with big dreams. The owners are cool and inspired, and the vibe of the venue is relaxed, low-key and comfortable. The barn at Campovida dates back to 1890. Our goal was to reinvigorate the rustic space with classic farm style elements, adding the sensibility and flare of modern design.

Starting with a classic element like farm-style tables was a must. Down the center, we laid a burlap runner topped with modern aesthetics – metal framed glass globes and spheres, slate-colored ceramic vases of varying shapes and sizes and slim pillar candles inside glass cylinders. Softening the modern styling, the team at Revel Floral brought earthy, organic elements to table. Opting for fresh greens, Marisa and Katie mixed familiar flora (Green Ranunculus, Succulents, Aspidistra leaves, Brasilia Berries) with a few unusual varieties of plants (Green Broccoli Hydrangeas, Euphorbia and the famously fuzzy Dianthus flowers) blending traditional and modern varietals with respect to the original design inspiration.

Suspended above the table’s center, a greenery chandelier hung parallel to the burlap runner and it’s budding floral arrangements. Created on-site, the greenery chandelier mirrored the arrangements on the tabletop below with the addition of Lemon Leaf and Boxwood bunches.

For the place settings, we let modern styling dictate direction. Stunning place settings from Encore Event Rentals – square plates wrapped in champagne colored napkins- were paired with matte black flatware. Stemware was placed in diagonal lines to the right of each setting. For seating, metal chairs were paired with each setting, further blending the rustic and modern design elements.

Lastly, we couldn’t leave the barn without admiring the interior sliding barn door along the back wall. Here we staged a cozy lounge seating area with Blueprint Studio’s Aviator Collection that continued our blend of rustic and modern design. Above the lounge, centered with the barn door, we chose three rustic, sphere-shaped chandeliers to cast warm lighting on the area below.

In closing, we’d like to thank all of our fellow event professionals who contributed time and energy to this styled shoot. As always, we couldn’t have done it without you!

Photography: Larissa Cleveland | Design/Planning: Morgan Events | Florals: Revel Floral | Venue: Campovida
Tables/Place Settings: Encore Event Rentals | Lounge: Blueprint Studios | Table Runner: Napa Valley Linens | Menu: Yonder Design
Hair/Makeup: Kaelin Kenny | Dress: Amy Kuschel | Suit: The Black Tux

Happy browsing, dear readers!


 

 

 

When someone says the word ‘wedding’ what images appear in your mind? Prince Charming, a fairy godmother, horse drawn carriages; lace and tulle; roses and fresh flowers of all kinds. When we asked our bride Ashley about her wedding ideas, she knew one thing for sure – the celebration had to be at the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay. She had dreamed about having her wedding there for as long as she could remember with a lush garden feel. We happily set about making her vision a reality.

First, we filled the ballroom with luscious florals. A soft and romantic style was the inspiration. Flowers were everything and Kathleen Deery Design executed our vision perfectly. The tables were topped with pinks, blush, white and green arrangements, hydrangeas, garden roses and dahlias. To take the event to the next level, we needed something grand. And that’s where Natasha and Daniel of team Waterlily Pond came in. They constructed a Great Wall of Roses tucked inside of a custom frame to adorn one wall of the ballroom. How many roses do you suppose they used? The answer is over 10,000. Yes that’s right. A wall of over 10,000 roses. It was a beautiful backdrop for the wedding party table and a second floral wall was made for the photo booth. Many guests enjoyed taking selfies in front of those pastel beauties. Opposite the Great Wall of Roses, we incorporated a green moss wall with gold framed mirrors. These two walls created a dramatic transformation in the ballroom and provided the fresh garden atmosphere we wanted. Above, hung beautiful fabric and beaded chandeliers. And just to add one more spark of surprise and awe to the reception, the couple requested a confetti drop during their first dance. Afterwards, guests danced the night away to tunes spun by DJ D Sharp of the Golden State Warriors and the bride and groom took over the turntables for awhile too. What an amazing and memorable night – full of fun and laughter! 

Design & Planning: Morgan Events | Photography: Michelle Walker Photography | Videography: Kevin Chin
Venue & Catering: Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay | Cake: Jasmine Rae Bakery | Hair/Makeup: Get Your Do Up
Invitation & Stationery: Yonder Design | Flowers: Kathleen Deery Design | Wall of Roses: Waterlily Pond
Lighting: Got Light. | Linens: LaTavola Fine Linens | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals and Blueprint Studios | Photo Booth: SF Photo Booth
Jazz Quartet: Anton Schwartz Jazz Quartet | DJ: DJ D Sharp | Band: Take 2 with Innovative Entertainment



      

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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