December! The last month of the year… the beginning of a busy holiday season. Are your calendars filling up with parties and celebrations galore? Are you hosting a chic soiree for friends, family or colleagues? If so, its time to get planning! And we’re here to help with a Classic Black & White Design Inspiration for you!

We teamed up with our fellow San Francisco event professionals to create this sophisticated style at the St. Regis San Francisco. With a beautifully sleek aesthetic, the styled shoot showcased below is perfect for any number of celebratory occasions. From birthdays to fundraisers, a black & white table design is a tried and true classic. Pair the dynamic duo with one other color to change up the mood or add festive flair. We promise, the color combo never goes out of style!

To keep this styled shoot fresh and modern, we put a few twists on the classic. First, we chose white block tables with massive bases that looked similar to concrete sculptures. Then we paired the the tables with clear acrylic chairs evoking a contemporary art vibe. Lush, monochromatic greenery divided the width of the tables by creating a strong line down the center. Using greens in this way kept the design clean and sleek without overpowering the simple styling of the place settings and glassware. Finally, we added simple place settings with circular silver detailing around the dinner plate, black napkins and custom printed menus. The end result was an elegant blend of materials creating a new modern classic design perfect for entertaining in style. We hope you find this design inspiring. Happy Holidays!

Photography: Arrowood Photography | Design & Styling: Morgan Events | Floral Design: Revel Floral
Venue & Cake: St. Regis San Francisco | Tables & Tabletop Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Chairs: Blueprint Studios
Menus: Dependable Lettepress | Calligraphy: Papineau Calligraphy

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At Morgan Events, we believe in celebrating life to the fullest. How many days go by so quickly that we forget to stop and pay attention to all the details that make life grand? One of the best ways to celebrate life is to start with the milestones. That’s right, we’re talking about birthdays. Birthdays don’t have to be about getting older; they can be celebrations of life’s little journeys that we achieve along the way. Remember the excitement of turning 16 and finally getting a driver’s license? Or turning 30 and realizing the pieces of your life are falling nicely into place? Well, we salute you! Celebrate those birthday milestones! Might we suggest a destination birthday bash? Our client Darren (whose wedding we planned back in 2014) decided years in advance that when it came time for his 40th birthday, he wanted an all out celebration with his nearest and dearest in the City of Light. That’s right, buckle your seatbelts, we’re taking you to Paris!

The theme for Darren’s Parisian Birthday Bash was Ready, Set Jet! We captured the travel element of the event in a very simple phrase. We then set ourselves to task planning and executing the event from start to finish, and managed local logistics for traveling guests. The design theme was fun and fabulous, just like Darren. Colors and patterns were inspired by the 1970’s and specifically, the fashions of Emilio Pucci. Our concept took a modern twist to a retro design.

So, are you ready to jet? Check out all the details below and get inspired to plan your next destination birthday bash.

Special thanks to our amazing client, Darren & Brian and to the team that made Darren’s Parisian 40th Birthday Bash a most memorable celebration.

Photography: I Heart Paris | Event Production: Morgan Events | Invitation: Twig & Fig
Catering/Rentals: Potel Et Chabot | Floral Design: Madame Artisan Fleuriste | DJ & Lighting: Dance Police with DJ Vincent Bechet | Menus/Escort Cards/Favors: Morgan Events | Venue: Private Loft

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Hello dear readers! Today we have an oh so lovely wedding to share. With an overall ambiance evoking romance, elegance and a touch of whimsy, Maggie and Kyle’s celebration is simply enchanting. Let’s jump right into the details.

Maggie and Kyle’s wedding ceremony took place in the lush Shakespeare Garden in San Francisco, California. Is there anything more enchanting than a beautiful garden wedding? The chosen color scheme – spindrift (bright sea foam green), soft pinks, ivory, blush and rose gold – were integrated seamlessly into the natural setting of the garden. (Even Peanut, Maggie’s Corgi, dressed with color-coordinating ribbons!) As guests approached the ceremony area, lavish floral arrangements in stone urns marked the aisle entrance. Lining the aisles, small hand-tied floral bouquets matching the varieties used in the lavish arrangements and ceremony structure were tied to the end chiavari chair of every third row. The team of Michael Daigian Design also created a magical canopy under which Maggie and Kyle would stand during the ceremony. Using birch wood, greenery, and clusters of florals in white, ivory, soft pink and blush, the structure added a soft element to contrast with the garden’s beautiful brick wall and bust of William Shakespeare. All the florals set the tone for romance, while cascading greenery added the whimsical element the couple desired.

Following the Shakespeare Garden ceremony, Maggie and Kyle invited family and friends to celebrate at the California Academy of Sciences. If you live in California and have never visited this fine museum, please do! It’s a fantastic center for research and education as well as a natural history museum.  Wedding guests strolled from the enchanting Shakespeare Garden to the twilight Aquarium inside of the Academy of Sciences for the cocktail reception.  In the twilight Aquarium, guests noshed on tasty canapés and specialty cocktails –  the Maggie’s Mule and Kyle’s Lemon Drop by Taste Catering.  For the seated dinner in the Piazza, the tablescapes were designed in the same color scheme as the ceremony. The florals were soft and romantic. To add a touch of elegance, the place settings – including chargers, china, flatware and table name frames – boasted rose gold details.  On each dinner menu, a colored monogram wax seal was pressed to note the guest’s entrée selection. Every detail of the table design was a nod to Maggie’s favorite colors with a hint of romance and whimsy.  After dinner, guests were invited to the dessert lounge, where sweet treats and swanky leather sofas from Blueprint Studios created a blissful merriment ambiance.  Heirloom Photobooth Group provided instant group photo fun while Denon & Doyle kept the dance floor full.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading all about the design details of Maggie and Kyle’s wedding. It’s time to move on to the picture perfect photography by Michelle Walker. Happy browsing!

Photography: Michelle Walker | Design & Planning: Morgan Events | Ceremony Venue: Shakespeare Garden | Reception Venue: California Academy of Sciences | Flowers: Michael Daigian Design | Invitation & Stationery: Yonder Design | Catering: Taste Catering | Cake: Jasmine Rae Cakes | Gown: Jinza Couture | Hair & Makeup: Fancy Nancy Artistry | Rentals: Hensley Event Rentals | Lounge Seating: Blueprint Studios | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | Lighting: Got Light. | String Quartet: Synchronicity Strings | DJ: Denon & Doyle | Photobooth: Heirloom Photobooth Group

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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

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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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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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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