Extra, extra, read all about it! San Francisco’s newest wedding and events venue is Pier 27! Located at The Embarcadero Cruise Ship Terminal, the city’s newest event space boasts panoramic views of the entire San Francisco Bay. Nestled along the waterfront in a park-like setting, Pier 27 is an ideal spot for hosting events of all kinds. Guests are treated to spectacular views of Treasure Island, the San Francisco-Oakland-Bay Bridge, the city’s Financial District and even Coit Tower. The building itself has a contemporary style with floor-to-ceiling windows, concrete and steel structural details, large open spaces and, is a state-of-the-art LEED Certified design. Did we mention the size?? 54,000 square feet on San Francisco’s waterfront with two levels of event space…what could be more spectacular than that?

With such a large space, imaginations run wild at Pier 27. That’s why we teamed up with Metro Events and some of our city’s top event professionals to create a unique design concept for hosting events. Our inspiration for the design you’ll see below was the mixing of light and color, leading us to the idea of Luminous Pastels. Think of an artist’s palette with citrus-colored paints; or a gelateria with luscious gelato on display; or even a box of pretty macaroons. These colors evoke cheer, light hearts and joyful times. Our goal was to infuse these colors and attributes into the modern, urban space at Pier 27.

In the images below, you’ll see how we transformed the venue into three single-use areas designed for a wedding ceremony, cocktail reception and formal dining area. We hope you enjoy all of the pretty little details that came together to create a cohesive style from ceremony to reception.

And please take time out to visit the websites of our fellow event professionals who worked tirelessly on the design concepts to get everything just right! Thank you everyone!

Venue: Pier 27 | Photos: Arrowood Photography | Design & Planning: Morgan Events | Rentals- Flooring/Lounge/Tabletop: Hensley Event Resources | Floral Design: Paul Robertson Floral Design | Catering: Taste Catering SF | Cake: Jasmine Rae Cakes  Stationery: Elsa Madeline Fine Art Stationery | Calligrapher: Lamplight Lettering | Lighting & Pipe/Drape: Enhanced Lighting & AV  Linens & Napkins: La Tavola Fine Linen

**Update: Luminous Pastels can now be seen in the 2020 edition of Today’s Bride Magazine. Thanks to editor Cristine Thomas for loving our vision and sharing it with your brides-to-be!

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Hello Readers! Today’s blog entry is all about space transformations. Think of a classic “before and after” situation but not necessarily in a makeover way. The ‘before’ can be one idea and the ‘after’ is another separate idea. One design is not better or worse than the other; just different. This blog will show you one idea of “before and after” where we use the same event space for two completely different purposes. Both setups are equally well-designed to serve the purpose of the space at the time they are used. For example, our clients often want to use the same available space for the wedding ceremony and the reception afterwards. That means within a short timeframe, we completely transform the space so that the essentials of a ceremony- chairs, altar flowers, the aisle runner- completely disappear. In their place, we set tables for hundreds of guests, a dance floor, lounge seating, photo booths and many other extra functional elements needed for a wedding reception. How do we do it? Well, let’s just say we’ve had a lot of practice! Here are a few of our tips for transforming a space from ceremony to reception:

Pre-set tables and place settings as much as possible. There are always so many pieces to consider when setting the places. From cutlery to place cards and folded linens, all the details that can be set ahead should be. We always place stemware last as it can fall over and break during reposition of the tables.

Pipe & Drape. Not only an essential decor element adding softness and warmth to a space, pipe and drape can cover or hide large items from view. In the wedding you’ll see below, we strategically placed tables behind columns that were hidden from view by luxurious fabric draping. Anchoring the curtained areas on the outer aisle were vessels of greenery, creating a cohesive and intentional design.

Lighting. We say it all the time – lighting is everything. Candles, uplighting, spotlighting and pin lighting all contribute to focusing the guests eyes on what you want them to see. Dimmed lights or blacked out sections of the space don’t draw any attention from the main events which are properly lit. Lighting draws attention to all the right places. When transitioning the space, a quick reconfiguration of the lighting gels or refocus of spotlights gives us the ability to create a whole new atmosphere.

When the transition from ceremony to reception is complete, we pull back the drapes with tie backs, and the new, softer space is on full display. Guests are often astonished what has been achieved in a the short time during which they’ve said hello to a few friends and enjoyed a cocktail. At Morgan Events, it is our goal to execute seamless events from start to finish. Transforming a space in seamless fashion is just another one of those tiny miracles we do to exceed client expectations.

Design & Planning: Morgan Events | Photography: Arrowood Photography | Venue: Bently Reserve | Floral Design: Michael Daigian Design | Tables & Chairs: Classic Party Rentals | Lighting & Pipe & Drape: Got Light | Musicians: Synchronicity Strings | Catering: Componere Fine Catering | Bar Service: Best Beverage | Cake: Sweet on Cake

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It’s the month of October! We’ve had a busy summer planning some gorgeous events which we’ll share here on our blog when the images are in. We’ve just now paused to take a breath and realized the season is changing. If you happen to live in a spot where the fall season is marked by cool weather and color-changing leaves you’re probably inundated with the season’s notable colors. Warm reds, golden yellows, burnt oranges, deep purples. These are the busy cues that a new season is upon us. One color you may not associate with the season is the color pink. Or maybe you do and you know what we’re getting at.

October is very well known for being breast cancer awareness month. This month’s blog is dedicated to the Susan G. Komen foundation, the world’s largest nonprofit source of funding for the fight against breast cancer. During the month of October, the foundation gains a lot of momentum towards awareness and prevention of the disease. The pink ribbon has become synonymous with their efforts in research, community health, global outreach and public policy initiatives. Beyond pink ribbons, all kinds of pink accessories have sprung up over the years as a way to raise further funds for cancer research. All month long we are sure you’ll see everything turning pink to promote such a good cause.

Here at Morgan Events, we decided to ‘think pink’ and cover our blog in the pretty color. From flowers and cakes to dresses and shoes, we’re sharing all things pink.

Special thanks to contributing photographers:

Anna Kuperberg | Arrowood Photography | Michelle Walker | Larissa Cleveland | Richard Mayer | Sylvie Gill

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Ah, the natural landscapes of the earth. Majestic mountains, Great Plains, shining sea views. Sunshine, full moons, crisp, clean air.  September brings a change to the season. Shorter daylight hours and clear, cloudless nights. It gives us good reason to pause and be grateful for the bounty and beauty of the earth. Speaking of natural beauties, today’s blog entry is all about venues with a view.

Special occasions call for special places in which to celebrate. And we know one thing that makes a place special… the view! If you follow our blog you’ve probably seen many of the amazing places our work takes us. From bustling metropolitan cities to the shores of Hawaii, we love making our clients dreams come true wherever they may choose. The vistas and views we are lucky enough to experience are awe-inspiring. Often, we make suggestions to our clients about the timing of events or how to use event spaces in an effort to maximize the surrounding scenery. For example, an outdoor wedding in Napa Valley would be remiss not to showcase the rolling vineyards of one of the world’s famous wine growing regions. Similarly, an afternoon garden party should ensure that guests are moved around the space. That way, each unique feature of the garden can be showcased at the appropriate time of day to maximize needed sun or shade. When planning an event in an urban environment, finding available outdoor space to show your city to friends and family can be tricky. But when you think vertically, you’ll discover the perfect rooftop venue and all will be spoiled with a cool city view.

Some of these ideas may seem easy to imagine in theory, but it does take some planning to execute them properly. You have to provide the opportunities for what you want and you have to manage the flow of timing to make things happen. As your lead planners and designers, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We know all the best ways to showcase venues with a view. All the planning and strategizing is certainly worth it when our couples get that low-tide beach ceremony, sunset wedding reception or intimate portrait session in the vineyard.

Without further delay, please enjoy some of our favorite venues with a view.

Special Thanks to our contributing photographers:

Arrowood Photography | Kopol Bonick | Larissa Cleveland | Michelle Walker | Molly Landreth

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There’s one day each year that we all have the same thing happen. You know what it is. You think about it every so often as you reflect on what you’re doing and where you’re going in life. When seasons change and you begin a countdown. The months get shorter and before you know it, it’s your big day. That’s right, it’s your BIRTHDAY! The one day each year that can be all about YOU! Now imagine your birthday this year is going to be one of those milestones… 16, 21, 40, 75… These birthdays call for a special celebration. What are you going to do? A quiet dinner at your favorite neighborhood spot, a party on a yacht, an Alaskan backpacking adventure? Or maybe you’d like something really special but something you can invite people too without making a big fuss. Perhaps a throwback to a certain decade or carefree time in your life. Well that’s exactly what our clients Jill and Matt decided to do.

The dynamic husband and wife duo were both having a big milestone birthday last year. The big 4-0. It used to be that when you turned 40, the standard party theme was “over the hill.” Countless decorations and balloons were made in shades of black and gray; canes, tombstones and ugly graphics of cartoon elderly people were the norm. Modern times call for change and Jill and Matt’s party was so far from this idea that it should set the trend for 40th birthday parties to come. Our team planned the event from start to finish, executing all the details that the couple wanted in their celebration. The celebration started with a delicious, seasonal family style dinner in their backyard. Fresh floral arrangements, top notch catering, wine pairings. Sophisticated yet casual and intimate. And then it was really time to party. It was a birthday party after all! Jill and Matt are such a fun couple so we planned lots of fun festivities. Teams divided up for games of flip cup, shots were poured down an ice luge, a costume box was raided, open air photo booth and a silent disco kept the dance floor full and the party going all night long. And just as planned, there was absolutely nothing “over the hill” about this 40th birthday celebration. Here’s to celebrating four decades of fun! Happy Birthday Jill and Matt!

Design & Planning: Morgan Events | Photography: Michael Van Auken | Catering: Componere Fine Catering
Rentals: Hensley Event Resources | Linens & Napkins: Napa Valley Linens | Flowers: Revel Floral
Photo Booth: Heirloom Photo Booth Group | DJ/Entertainment: Love in the Mix  | VIP Restrooms: Royal Restrooms CA  Lighting- Pipe & Drape: Enhanced Lighting & Audio Visual

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Ah, the great outdoors! Summer has arrived and it’s that perfect time of year for outdoor weddings. Outdoor weddings can be as intimate or grand as you like. With all of today’s technologies and a good budget, almost anything is possible. From secluded island getaways to glamping in National Parks or multi-day celebrations in the middle of the desert, weddings under the sun and stars can be quite the experience.

We love outdoor weddings and events but they do require some extra-special know-how to deliver a seamless event from start to finish. And of course, we’re here for you! You might think of the big items – tents, heat lamps, lounge furniture and umbrellas – but you definitely need a professional to fill in all the other items that make an event go off without a hitch. For example: outdoor lighting, generators, catering tents, refrigeration, dance floors – and yes, portable VIP restrooms aka water cottages – just to name a few. Besides the practical, physical items needed, outdoor weddings require extra insurance, a check with local noise ordinances, ample parking… the list goes on. So while we do absolutely recommend hosting an outdoor wedding or event, we highly suggest leaving all the design and planning to the professionals. Now, to share a little inspiration with you, below are some of our past outdoor events. We’ve selected images from weddings and receptions on tropical islands, rooftops, in wine country and in the middle of the desert. These wedding ceremonies and receptions are some of our favorites from our collection of events under the sun and stars. Enjoy!

Photography Credits:

Image 1, 13, 15: Lisa Lefkowitz | Image 2-3: Sylvie Gill | Images 4: Larissa Cleveland | Image 5, 14: Michelle Walker | Images 6-10: Arrowood Photography | Image 11: Mel Barlow | Image 12: Kopol Bonick

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For many people, the wedding day is one of the most special days of their entire lives. It’s the first day that together, two people are creating a new partnership. It’s on this day that couples decide from this day forward, we are a team, and come what may, we’re in this together. Those commitments are strong, life-changing decisions, affirmations of truth and love. And during this special day, couples want to be surrounded by people in their lives who’ve come on a journey with them. Those family members and friends who have been with you every step of the way speaking truths, offering advice, providing support and always giving unconditional love. Because of this, couples often choose to find special ways to honor particular family members throughout their wedding celebrations. Here are a few ways:

Including Family Photos. Often, couples will display family photos on the welcome table. Guests love to pause and look at photos of other family weddings. Some might even spot themselves as a bridesmaid or flower girl from years ago. Or, a bride may opt to include family photos on her bouquet so that her nearest and dearest are close as she walks down the aisle. Framing photos of other family weddings is a nod to the past, an appreciation of what has come before that has led to today.

Father-Daughter Dance. One of the most universal requests is a father-daughter dance. Every father’s dream comes true when he takes to the dance floor with his daughter for that once in a lifetime moment. All the guests turn to watch as one or both shed tears of joy for the happiness of the moment.

Toasts. Historically reserved for funny jokes and wise cracks from the best man, wedding toasts have come a long way. Not only will members of the family get involved in toasting the newlyweds, but often, the couple themselves will request time with the microphone. When you’re surrounded by all the special people in your life, its a perfect time to let them know how much they mean to you. So go ahead, prepare a speech; there won’t be a dry eye in the house!

Fashion & Accessories. An old wedding tradition that seems to have staying power is “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” Often, couples are able to incorporate fashion elements or accessories from family heirlooms into their wedding. Whether it’s an embroidered handkerchief from a special aunt or a swatch of her mother’s wedding dress sewn into her own, there are many ways a bride can update fashions in nod to her family’s history.

Job Assignment. Often, family members want to help with wedding planning and navigating the waters here can be a bit challenging. When working with clients, we often encourage the family to get involved in the special, intimate moments that lead up to the wedding celebration. But when it comes to the main event, it’s best to leave bigger items like planning to the professionals. This way, everyone can truly enjoy the event and celebrate with the couple, rather than focus on an individual task during the big day. Whether a family member can write a toast for the rehearsal dinner or recite a poem during the ceremony, you’ll make them feel special and involved if they can contribute a little something to the celebration.

However you choose to honor your family, we know they will be flattered. Below are just a few ways in which our clients did so.

Photo credits are listed in alphabetical order for simplicity :
Arrowood Photography | Jasmine Lee Photography | Kopol Bonick | Lisa Lefkowitz | Mel Barlow & Co. | Michelle Walker

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With the spring season in full bloom, we can’t seem to walk anywhere around the city without stopping to take in the beautiful flowers. If you scroll through the camera roll on Morgan’s iPhone, you’d see countless images of flowers from all around. Whether they are wildflowers growing in a garden, seasonal bouquets on sale at the farmer’s market or perfectly arranged centerpiece samples for a client meeting, we’re always capturing the details of one of nature’s best gifts. So in the spirit of all that blooms, today’s blog entry features beautiful bouquets and boutonnieres that our clients have loved throughout the years. But first, here are a few tips for choosing your wedding day flowers:

1. Seasonality – Just like produce, you want to consider the seasonality of the flowers you want in your wedding day. If you’re planning a winter wedding, it will be difficult to snag those precious pink peonies. If you love dahlias, a favorite fall season flower, make sure your chosen date falls during autumn. The season will determine the availability and cost of your flowers. Luckily, most varieties popular in weddings are available year-round so if roses, poppies or ranunculus are your favorites, any season will do.

2. Colors – Be sure to consider complimentary colors when choosing your wedding flowers. Keeping your color scheme to just three colors can be limiting but giving your floral designer a range of color hues to work with can yield beautiful results. It’s best to choose a few main colors and let the artists go to work adding neutral colors or fresh greens to accent the arrangements.

3. Size & Shape – It’s important to consider comfort on your wedding day and that extends to more than just your wedding dress. Bouquets can get heavy depending on the size and shape. You should be prepared to hold it during the ceremony and carry it around during your photo session and into the reception. Another consideration of size and shape is your wedding gown. A small hand-tied bouquet would get lost in the scene if you’re wearing a fluffy ballgown with a ten-foot train, but would be ideal for a slim fitting T-length dress. Be sure to communicate with your floral designer so they can best advise you on the proper size and shape for your wedding bouquet.

PHOTO CREDITS:

1-3, 6,-7, 22-23: Arrowood Photography | 4-5: Molly Landreth | 8 & 25: Larissa Cleveland | 9-13, 17-18: Michelle Walker | 14-16: Sylvie Gill | 19-21: Jasmine Lee | 24: Mel Barlow & Co.

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With spring just around the corner, we’ve got pretty pastels on our minds. From flowers to fashion, this is the season to highlight the softer side of colorful shades. Think minty greens, butter yellows, pale pinks and lovely lavenders. The softness of pastel colors is so feminine and flirty that we anticipate the transition to spring every year. So it’s no surprise that today’s blog entry features a truly romantic wedding with a pastel palette. Let’s get to the pretty details.

Ceremony. Chaai and Brian were married at Stanford Memorial Church in Palo Alto, California. Getting married here is a tradition in Brian’s family. His parents were married in the church 44 years ago as was his brother, just 10 years ago. Although Brian and Chaai now reside in Hangzhou, China, Brian was born in Palo Alto and had many affiliations to Stanford while growing up – attending summer programs and working as a research assistant at the medical school, while his father served on the medical faculty. However, it wasn’t until Brian was working in San Francisco, commuting to Palo Alto to visit his parents, that he discovered Filoli, the couple’s chosen reception venue.

Reception. Filoli is a magical estate. Full of gardens, wildflowers, walking trails and a Georgian Revival styled country house, being within the grounds takes your breath away. And just last year, Filoli decided to open its estate for private weddings. We were so thrilled to be designing just the second-ever wedding reception held on the grounds!

Details. The evening wedding reception began with cocktail hour at the Pool Pavilion Lawn. Guests relaxed and mingled with friends while hors d’ oeuvres were passed and a fully stocked bar provided libations. Tables were dressed in pale pink linens, topped with bunches of pastel colored roses in the center. An ivy clad gate pointed the way to the Entry Courtyard where dinner would be served. Guests found their designated table with the help of our vintage key escort cards hanging on the gate. Who wouldn’t love the feeling of being invited to an enchanted garden that can only be unlocked with a secret key? Inside the courtyard, a mix of kings tables and round tables were set with a variety of centerpieces. For the kings tables, Revel Floral set green garland dotted with soft pink and ivory roses down the center, trailing to the ground. On the round tables, gold urns full of pastel colored garden roses were placed around the centers. Tall candelabras created a focal point for each table and tea lights added a warm glow. Place settings were kept simple with gold-rimmed chargers, menus with calligraphy details, and slim glassware. The three-tiered cake was placed on a sparkling sequins pink linen and covered in fresh blooms around the base and over the top. Complete with lace detailing and a custom monogram, the cake was pastel perfection.

Now that you know the details, we’ll let you start scrolling through the images! We hope you enjoy all the lovely details of Chaai and Brian’s enchanting garden wedding.

Special Thanks to our team:

Photography: Arrowood Photography |Design & Planning: Morgan Events | Floral Design: Revel FloralCeremony Venue: Stanford Memorial Church | Reception Venue: Filoli Gardens | Catering & Cake: Taste Catering | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Hensley Event Resources | Napa Valley Linens | Lighting: Got Light. | Calligraphy: Papineau Calligraphy | Entertainment: Take 2 via Hip Service Entertainment | Live Painting Artist: Talia Koval | Transportation: Global Transportation | Restrooms: The Water Cottage | Bride’s Hair/Makeup: J Beautique | Wedding Gown: Pronovias with shoes by Miu Miu | Bride’s Reception Gown: Grace Kelly | Groom’s Tuxedo: Practical Tailor, Hong Kong with Tom Ford bow tie & handkerchief | Wedding Rings: Tiffany & Co.

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Happy news today! We’re so thrilled to share that one of our weddings has been featured on Carats & Cake! Kristin and Zach’s destination wedding at the Four Seasons Hualalai is full of pretty little details that you’re sure to love. You can view the full feature on C&C here and read all about the design and planning that went into creating this memorable wedding weekend. We love destination weddings especially when our clients get a little love from the wedding bloggers too. Congratulations Kristin and Zach!

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