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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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



Since June 21st is the official start of the summer season, consider this blog our Ode to Summer. Sunshine all day; the powdery softness after a day spent in the sand, when sand is all over your feet, legs and car; afternoons spent lazing on a blanket or hammock and nights when there’s nothing to do and you just go get ice cream at your local shop – for some reason ice cream just tastes better on summer nights.  Summer is one of those seasons that reminds us of fun memories of childhood and a feeling of excitement. As American author F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees just as things grow fast in the movies, I had the familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” We feel the same way, Mr. Fitzgerald, and today we’re sharing one of our favorite ways to kick off the summer season: a lobster boil on the beach. Cue DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s ‘Summertime’ and get inspired to create your own beachside bash for friends and family this summer season.

Summertime is almost here and the Morgan Events team is ready for all the excitement of the season. Warm weather, plenty of sunshine, backyard BBQs, picnics in the park, beach bonfires and late night star-gazing are just a few of the fun plans we have this year. But the classic summer activity that we love the most is creating the ambiance for a memorable outdoor culinary feast. New England has clam bakes, the South has crawfish boils and the West Coast has crab feeds. No matter what region, each has a classic summer feast that brings friends and family together. Today we’re sharing images from one such regional culinary feast we planned in Taos, New Mexico. In the middle of the great Southwest, our friends at Componere Fine Catering helped us create a most memorable spit roast welcome dinner for our clients and their guests.

Photography: Arrowood Photography | Design & Planning: Morgan Events | Location: Private Venue – Taos, New Mexico Catering: Componere Fine Catering | Tent: Zephyr Tents | Lounge Seating: Blueprint Studios | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Menu & Game Signs: Yonder Design

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Seasonal color trends may come and go but some classic color combinations will never fade. One example? Red and white. The color shades, saturation, and hues may change, and an extra accent color may get thrown into the mix; but your basic red and crisp white is simply a classic pairing during the winter season. With the images below, we’re sharing an event design crafted with that classic color pairing in mind. In reverence to basics, we used white, silver and cardinal red to evoke refined elegance for this celebration.

As inspiration for design can come from anywhere, in this case, we fell in love with the Victoriana Pearl Damask fabric from Classic Party Rentals. The color and pattern of the textile was ideal for such an elegant occasion. In fact, we loved that fabric so much, we commissioned chameleon chair covers to be custom-made for this event. The place settings and chargers were chosen to mimic the embossed pearl dots of the fabric as well. Silver-trimmed tableware in the place setting, along with mercury glass and crystals paired nicely to add refinement to the overall table design. Soft, glowing candles illuminated the table while uplighting creating ambiance in the space. Topping it all off, Hunt Littlefield created centerpieces of varying heights, adding visual depth to the design. We hope this will inspire you to create your own classic color combinations.

Photography: Michelle Walker Photography | Event Planner & Designer: Morgan Events
Venue: Four Seasons Silicon Valley | Lighting: Got Light | Tableware: Classic Party Rentals | Flowers: Hunt Littlefield

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With spring in full effect we are taking inspiration from the longer days and warmer weather for our Summer Inspiration Guide.

This summer we love the use of Coral. Coral can be seen everywhere from interior design to fashion, on the runway and now in event design. Our take on the coral trend is to start with a nice neutral base and use pops of coral, apricot, peach and a touch of green to add vibrancy and freshness to your event.

We’re sure you will be crushing on coral too!


Summer 2013 | Our Coral Crush


With the new year fresh upon us, we are excited to share with you what inspires us at Morgan Events.

Spring has always been one of our favorite seasons. Days of rain give way to sunshine and new life all around us. It’s this new life that has inspired our spring color and inspiration board – Green with Envy.

From fashion to interior design, and soon to special events, Emerald is taking over. We love it with other fresh greens like Jade and Chartreuse, or paired up with a bright pop of Raspberry or with our favorite, pewter, for a touch of modern edge.