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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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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Here at Morgan Events, we LOVE a destination wedding. There’s something extra special about gathering your friends and family and jetting off for a weekend (or more!) to celebrate love. That’s what it’s all about, right? So, this blog entry is dedicated to our clients, Kristin and Zach, who dreamed of a destination wedding at the Four Seasons Hualalai on Hawaii’s Big Island. We’re using this wedding to give you a glimpse as to what it’s like to host a destination wedding. You can read our short summary of the events below but rest assured, our actual ‘notes’ (read: playbook!) is quite a bit larger for a wedding of this scope! But space is limited and a photo is worth 1000 words so read, browse and DREAM about your very own destination wedding.

Destination Wedding Design

Let’s start with the color palette. Gone are the days of one or two colors dominating the artistic vision. Today’s couples are creatives in their own right and envision a myriad of hues working together. Our color palette for the wedding included coral, bright pink, peach, cream, white, green and gold. Each weekend event, from the Aloha Cocktail Gathering on the Beach Tree Lawn to the Mahalo Brunch at the Beach House, featured this color combo in a seamless design. The aesthetics played a role in evoking ambiance for each event- from festive and lively during pre-wedding events to romantic and elegant during the formal celebrations.

Pre-Wedding Events

If you’ve read our blog before, you know we’re all about creating a warm welcome for guests during destination events. In this case, guests were traveling to the Big Island for Kristin and Zach’s wedding. It was important to the couple that guests make new friends but also reconnect with old friends and thoroughly relaxed and enjoyed all the delights of the island. The kickstart to the weekend was the Aloha Cocktail Gathering. We set the festive Hawaiian scene for two hours of a meet and greet with passed canapés and cocktails. The following evening, a more formal Seaside Welcome Dinner was set where guests were treated to live music and an unforgettable seaside feast.  The Ulu Ocean Grill was the perfect spot for outdoor dining and catching the sunset.

Wedding Day

At last the wedding day arrived and the spacious Ke’ Olu Green at the Four Seasons Hualalai was transformed into an intimate ceremony location. The ceremony aisle began with two large urn arrangements on pedestals while floral planters continued down the aisle through to a custom 16′ wide staircase to a second ceremony level.  The altar floral structure featured asymmetrical cascading florals.  Lush florals of David Austin roses, peonies, ranunculus, garden roses, and hydrangeas kept the color scheme in tact and on point. After the ceremony, guests were escorted to an elegant cocktail reception and seated dinner in the Ke’ Olu Clubhouse Garden. Tables were set in more vibrant colors with tall centerpieces surrounded by satellite floral arrangements.  A sea of candles were added to a create a warm romantic glow. Place cards were held in stunning sea urchin shells and gold flatware framed each place setting. There was cake cutting and dancing, music and moonlight and even a sparkler send-off for the newlyweds.

Post-Wedding Events

As a final thank you and farewell to guests, a Mahalo Brunch was catered at the Four Seasons Residence’s Beach House on Sunday morning. Lasting three hours to accommodate even the late night partygoers who may be oversleeping, the brunch was a casual flow of guests reminiscing about the weekend events and bidding farewell before catching flights to the mainland. This last event is always a crowd pleaser as our couples get one more chance to connect with their guests.

If you’ve just started dreaming about your very own destination wedding, congratulations! The fun is just beginning. If we can be of help, please get in touch with our team and let us guide you every step of the way. Mahalo!

Wedding Design & Planning: Morgan Events | Photographer: Sylvie Gil Photography | Venue & Catering: Four Seasons Hualalai  Floral Design: Flowers by Heidi | Invitation & Stationery: Lettered Olive | Calligraphy: Papineau Calligraphy | Hair & Makeup: Beauty Lux Salon | Linens: La Tavola | Lighting/Rentals & Lounge: Hawaii Island Events, Inc. | Band: Hip Service Band | Hawaiian Music Entertainment: Kevin Kealoha Trio | String Quartet: Magic Strings | Audio Visual: PSAV | Videographer: Techy3 Studios

*Updated February 2019: This wedding has been featured on Carats & Cake. Click here to view.

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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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Today we’re sharing a fabulous destination wedding with you from La Jolla, California. Mediterranean style architecture, swaying palm trees, a lush garden setting and oh yes, beautiful ocean views. We were thrilled to plan and design a truly unique wedding experience for our amazing clients, Warren and Scott, and their closest family and friends.

First, a little background on the couple. Warren and Scott’s story began in June 2013 when they met on OKCupid, an online dating website. Scott was attracted to Warren’s online profile, which featured many photos of Warren’s two adorable cats, Milo and DJ.

Scott’s pickup line, “Hello, Fellow Cat Lover!” was unusual but very refreshing, thought Warren. Warren liked Scott’s online profile as well, which featured his adopted cat son, Jack. It was clear Warren and Scott shared a love of felines. Warren responded to Scott: “You had me at ‘cat’!” And the rest, as they say, is history. These two greetings are now engraved on the inside of the couple’s wedding bands. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves! Let’s talk wedding plans.

Warren and Scott wanted to make their wedding special- unique, light-hearted, fun- understated and yet memorable. Hosting a destination wedding was a strong desire for the couple as they wanted a warm climate and a weekend of festivities. The chosen location was La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, California, July 3-5.

Welcome Dinner: Hospitality is a key ingredient to hosting a destination wedding. What better way to welcome guests than with an intimate dinner party as a kick-off to the week’s celebration. On Monday evening, Warren and Scott hosted a welcome dinner on the terrace of The Med, the hotel’s ocean view restaurant. All guests were invited to meet and greet, including 4 dogs who had traveled with their owners. The tables were set in Beach House Blue linens with 16 floating candles in the center.

The Wedding Design: The couple’s own three cats, DJ, Milo and Jack set the theme for the overall wedding design. Modern and clean design were the key. While the idea of a “cat themed” wedding sounds like it could get terribly tacky, our goal was to design the events with sophistication and class. 

The Wedding Invitations: We all know your guests’ first insight into your wedding theme is the invitation and this event was no exception. The creative team at Yonder Design created a modern “cat herringbone” pattern for the invitation which became an anchor of the wedding design.

The Ceremony: DJ the cat was the honorary ring bearer as he is the best behaved of the 3 cats. His special stroller was adorned with green garland, white hydrangeas and orange roses. He was parked behind Warren for the length of the ceremony, witnessing the whole event.

The Reception: The cat herringbone pattern was repeated over the wedding cake, recreated on fabric for custom monogrammed pillows in the lounge, served as the paper pattern for the dinner menus and was recreated as a light projection onto the dance floor. The wedding colors were orange, white, grey and taupe. The style was modern and clean with a touch of classic elegance without being over the top. Since the couple loves to have fun, they extended the dancing time with silent disco where guests could dance to the DJ’s music wearing headphones. To cap off the night, fireworks lit the sky and guests created a Sparkler Tunnel. After all, fireworks are essential to any celebration on the 4th of July.

Farewell Brunch: As a final thank you to wedding guests for attending this destination wedding, we planned a farewell brunch the morning after the wedding. All guests were invited to The Med for a quintessential California brunch, complete with a mimosa bar. This event was the perfect ending to the week’s celebration. 

Special thanks to the following team who made Warren and Scott’s destination wedding a smashing success:

Photography: Arrowood Photography | Design/Planning: Morgan Events | Venue/Catering: La Valencia Hotel | Stationery/Cat Herringbone: Yonder Design | Floral Design: Isari Studio | Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. | Videographer: CarrieOnwards!  Harpist: Julie Smith Phillips | Reception Music: DJ Cams | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals; Blueprint Studios; Napa Valley Linens

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At Morgan Events, we love LOVE! This blog entry is dedicated to our clients, past, present and future, who invite us to be part of their special day. It is because of you, dear clients, that we continually strive for excellence in all aspects of planning, designing and managing your events. We are dedicated to providing you with a completely unique and seamless event from start to finish. Our goal is always to leave you and your guests with the most memorable experience. From the minute of our first meeting to the final moments of your celebration, we’re with you every step of the way. We are honored that you’ve chosen us to be part of your journey. Every day we are grateful for the ability to do what we love: make our clients happy.

In honor of our very special clients, we’ve selected some of our favorite images from their weddings to share in this blog entry. We have to confess, looking through folders of wedding images for this blog entry made us a bit nostalgic! Sometimes it was the little details of planning an event that came back and made us smile. Other times it was seeing the love shared between the couple’s eyes as they waltzed on the dance floor during their first dance. Each event is special to us in its own way.

With many years of events managed by our team, and a transition from film to digital images, we didn’t quite have room to feature all of our clients in this one entry. But, we know you’ll love seeing some familiar faces… So here’s to celebrating many years of love through weddings and other life celebrations! Cheers to creating many more!

Special thanks to the following photographers who beautifully captured so many of our clients’ weddings and events throughout the years.

Anna Kuperberg | Arrowood Photography | Geoff White Photographers | Gertrude & Mabel Photography | Heather Scharf Photography | Jasmine Lee Photography | Kevin Chin Photography + Cinema | Kopol Bonick Photography | Lisa Lefkowitz
Meg Smith Photography | Mel Barlow & Co. | Melissa BagleyMichelle Walker Photography | Molly Landreth | Sylvie Gill


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We’re so thrilled to share this published feature with you! Our wonderful clients, Warren and Scott, had the pleasure of being featured in Modern Luxury Weddings California not just once, but twice! First, in the Fall/Winter 2017 issue, Warren and Scott’s engagement photo was published along with the story of their first meeting. A second feature followed in the Spring/Summer 2018 edition of the very same magazine with a feature on their cat-themed wedding. Are you curious about how the grooms met and what sealed the deal? Read on!

Warren and Scott’s story began in June 2013 when they met on OKCupid, an online dating website. Scott was attracted to Warren’s online profile, which featured many photos of Warren’s two adorable cats, Milo and DJ.

Scott’s pickup line, “Hello, Fellow Cat Lover!”, was unusual but very refreshing, thought Warren. Warren liked Scott’s online profile as well, which featured his adopted cat son, Jack. It was clear Warren and Scott shared a love of felines. Warren responded to Scott: “You had me at ‘cat’!” (These two phrases are now engraved on the inside of the couple’s wedding bands.) Shortly after they started dating, they had a play date for their cats. The boys got along so well, that the connection was sealed. The rest, as they say, is history. 

Next up…a purrrrfect wedding plan. Since the cats had been so much a part of Scott and Warren’s connection to each other, we had to make sure they were part of the wedding celebration too. And that’s where our design skills were put to work. Integrated throughout the wedding design was a subtle and sophisticated cat theme. Working with a cat herringbone pattern created by our friends at Yonder Design, the invitations, 3-tier cake, lounge pillows and even the dance floor carried the the cat theme throughout the events. And of course, we had to bring one of the actual cats with us for important duties and official ring bearer. Don’t worry, we’ll share all the fun images by Arrowood Photography with you in our next blog entry. Until then, dear readers, stay tuned.







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

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