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 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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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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At Morgan Events, we love planning life celebrations. Those milestone birthdays, anniversary parties, baby showers… if there’s a celebration, we make it happen. Today’s blog entry features a very special life celebration… a sweet young lady’s bat mitzvah bash. We first met little Sophia back when she was a 1 year old flower girl in her aunt’s wedding which we planned and designed. So it was such an honor when her family called to say little Sophia was all grown up and being called to the torah.

If you’re not familiar with the bar/bat mitzvah celebration, it is a Jewish coming of age ritual for boys/girls at the age of twelve years. This is the age at which the young boy/girl has reached religious maturity and is considered a full-fledged member of the Jewish community. And certainly achieving this milestone is definitely worth celebrating!

For Sophia’s bat mitzvah bash, the decor scheme was inspired by a chic nightclub atmosphere. We transformed a ballroom space at the Claremont Club & Spa – A Fairmont Hotel into a sleek, modern yet fun night club aka “Club SK”.

The club entrance was lined with hot pink velvet ropes and a seamless hot pink carpet – fuchsia uplights transformed the walls and created a club-style entry. Inside the ballroom, we used swanky white leather sofas adorned with bright pillows to add stylish and comfortable lounge seating for kids and grown ups alike. Hot pink, fuchsia and gold set the color palette, fitting for a vibrant young lady with a sparkling personality. The tables were sleek glass, paired with acrylic ghost chairs for a very modern ambiance. Along with a trio of satellite floral arrangements and floating candles, tables were topped with clear glass orchid-filled lamps and set with gold chargers, fuchsia napkins and custom printed menus. But perhaps the most special area of the ballroom was the VIP suite. This section was reserved for Sophia’s VIPs and of course, no adults allowed.

A few other details that made the event unique included a magnetic acrylic escort card display; a blooming custom pink floral paper wall photo booth with fun props; a custom engraving station; a sweet Sophia donut bar and a sweet endings candy bar; and of course let’s not forget about the custom monogramed bars – a VIP Suite Bar for the VIPs and Bar 21 for those adult over 21. Throughout the evening, kids and adults alike were entertained by Aaron David and his amazing team of dancers and emcees. Continuous dancing, food and fun throughout the evening made Club SK the “best celebration ever” for our sweet Sophia! We are so proud of you! Mazel Tov!

We hope you enjoy viewing the photos of Club SK, open for one night only! Special thanks to our team who created such a memorable celebration for Sophia, her family and friends.

Event Design & Planning: Morgan Events | Venue & Catering: Claremont Hotel | Photographer: Richard Mayer | Video: AMYX Video | Flowers: Revel Floral | DJ & Entertainment: Aaron David Productions | Rentals: Hensley Event Resources | Lounge Furniture: Blueprint Studios | Lighting: Got Light | Linens: Napa Valley Linens | Invitation & Stationery: Penn & Paperie | Calligrapher: Lewes Lettering Co. | Hair & Makeup: Artists by Sherrie Long  Engravers: The Vanity Plate Co. | Photobooth: Heirloom Photobooth Group

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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