Traditional Wedding Cake Alternatives

In our experience, not every bride and groom has the desire to ‘cut the cake’ at their wedding.  So we put together some of our favorite alternative ‘wedding cakes’ to get those individuals’ creative juices flowing!

Photo by the Cake Blogger Girls

Meringue Trifle. Photo by the Cake Blogger Girls

Photo courtesy Dream French Wedding

Croquembouche. Photo courtesy Dream French Wedding

Photo by Michelle Kim Photography

Waffle Cake. Photo by Michelle Kim Photography

Photo by Heather Baird

Donut Tower.  Photo by Heather Baird

Photo by Jane Z Photography

Rice Krispy Cake.  Photo by Jane Z Photography

Photo by Jose Villa

Pie Cake. Photo by Jose Villa

 

Lemon ice cream cake with raspberry ripple.  Photo by Helena Ljunggren

Lemon ice cream cake with raspberry ripple. Photo by Helena Ljunggren

Mint Oreo Ice Cream Cake

Mint Oreo Ice Cream Cake.  Photo by Heather Baird

And for the grand finale, how about this fabulous ‘cheese cake?!’  Perfect for the couple who prefers savory treats over sweet ones!
Photo by Ava Images

‘Cheese Cake’.  Photo by Ava Images

Check out these images and more on our Save The Cake Pinterest Page!
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Get to Know… Julie Forsberg and Chris Neubauer of Yonder

This week we’re excited to introduce you to our friends Julie and Chris of Yonder.  This dynamic and hardworking duo harnessed their talents and followed their dreams to form their own Custom Event Design company in 2012.  Julie and Chris pour their creativity into each and every project they take on, and it just so happens they’re a couple in real life too!  We felt it was only fitting for us to interview both of them together.
 
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Name: Julie Forsberg and Chris Neubauer
Company: Yonder Design
Started Our Business in 2012  
Located: San Francisco and Lake Tahoe

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Q: Which industry related tool can you not live without?

 A:  Julie:  Hands down, my exacto knife 

Chris: Pantone Swatch Book for mixing ink colors

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Q: When you’re not on site at an event, what can we find you doing?

A: Skiing is a passion we both share. Our company is actually named after my favorite ski run at Vail  

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When all of the snow has melted, you can find us paddle boarding around Lake Tahoe where we live for much of the year

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Q: At which venue are you dying to work?

A: A few of the private estates on Tahoe’s West Shore

Photo Courtesy Tahoe's Best

Photo Courtesy Tahoe’s Best

Q: My go to snack is ________.

A:  Julie: Baguette and Cheese

Chris: Salt and Pepper Pop Chips

Photo Courtesy Pop Chips

Photo Courtesy Pop Chips

Q: What is/are your guilty pleasure(s)?

A: Julie: Pistachio Gelato

Chris: Haribo Gummi Bears

Photo Courtesy xknowledge

Photo Courtesy xknowledge

Q: TV wise, what are you watching right now?

A: Julie: Downton Abbey  

Chris: Homeland

Photo Courtesy Boise Weekly

Photo Courtesy Boise Weekly

Q: I can’t stand ________.

A: Julie: Reality TV

Chris: being late

Q: What’s the last thing you purchased online?

A: Julie: An awesome pair of wood-shop goggles  

Chris: Custom milled paper from Italy

Q: Music wise, I am currently listening to ______.

A: Julie: Haim

Chris: Lumineers

Q: Favorite thing I currently have hanging in my closet is ______.

A: Julie: Collection of silk scarves from around the world

Chris: Orange Quilted Hunting Style Vest from Ralph Lauren

Photo Courtesy Ralph Lauren

Photo Courtesy Ralph Lauren

Q: What’s your favorite restaurant in the Bay Area?

A: Julie: We’ve been going to 1760 on Polk a lot recently for dinner

Chris: Plow in Potrero Hill is our go to breakfast spot.  The potatoes are a must! 

Photo Courtesy Food GPS

Photo Courtesy Food GPS

Q: What do you love most about working with the Stacy McCain Event Planning team?

A: Stacy and Allie are great to collaborate with.  They have impeccable taste and are always open to new ideas.

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In case you missed it, be sure you Get To Know… Stacy McCain!

Get to Know…Stacy McCain

This month we are getting to know the lady who’s responsible for making the real magic happen –  Miss Stacy McCain!  This year marks the seven year anniversary of Stacy McCain Event Planning ( aka SMEP ), during which the company has received wonderful reviews from clients and vendors alike.  Stacy’s passion for her work is remarkable, as is her commitment to spending quality time with family and friends.  Here’s a little insight as to how this event planner spends her day to day:

Stacy (from Molly's wedding)

Photo By: Sasha Gulish

Q: Which industry related tool can you not live without?

 A: Scissors! No matter the event, size or location we ALWAYS seem to be in need of a pair or two. 

Q: When you’re not on site at an event, what can we find you doing?

A: Catching-up with friends over a glass of wine or spending quality time with my very supportive and understanding boyfriend.

Q: At which venue are you dying to work?

A: Locally, I’d love to work at Kunde Family Estate in Sonoma. 

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Photo of Kunde Family Estate : Photo From Snooth.com

Internationally I’ve been dying to work at Cuixmala in Mexico. 

Photo of Cuixmala : Photo from Cuixmala.com

Photo of Cuixmala : Photo from Cuixmala.com

Q: My go to snack is ________.

A:  I tend to snack on trail mix, grapes, goldfish crackers and mandarin oranges.

Q: What is/are your guilty pleasure(s)?

A: My guilty pleasures include US Weekly, fro-yo (twist of chocolate & peanut butter), Sour Patch Watermelon candies and shopping. 

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Us Weekly :: Sour Patch Watermelon Candies 

Q: TV wise, what are you watching right now?

A: Nashville, Scandal, Revenge and Grey’s Anatomy.

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Q: I can’t stand ________.

A: Inconsiderate drivers.

Q: What’s the last thing you purchased online?

A: Airline tickets to Palm Springs for Stagecoach, so excited!

Q: Music wise, I am currently listening to ______.

A: Foster the People’s ‘Coming of Age’ from their new album ‘Supermodel’ out in March.

Q: Favorite thing I currently have hanging in my closet is ______

A: My red Zara coat

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Q: What’s your favorite restaurant in the Bay Area?

A: Cotogna, love me some Italian food!

Q: What do you love most about working with the Stacy McCain Event Planning team?

A: My amazing team of assistants! Would not, could not do it without them. Their energy, drive and willingness to do what it takes to get the job done is incredible!

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Photo By: Sabine Scherer

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Photo By: Sabine Scherer

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Photo By: Sasha Gulish

In case you missed it, be sure you Get To Know… Allie Phelps

Get to know… Allie Phelps

A brand new year means a brand new monthly blog feature!  We decided to have some fun this year by getting to know some of our favorite vendors, as well as some new ones, on a fun and more personal level.  We’re so excited to hear each of their responses!

We are kicking off the month of January by featuring answers from our very own team.  First up is Allie!

Photo by Nirav Patel

Photo by Nirav Patel

Q: Which industry related tool can you not live without?

 A: Double stick tape

Q: When you’re not on site at an event, what can we find you doing?

A: Entertaining at home or at The Cooking School at Cavallo Point

Q: At which venue are you dying to work?

A: Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco and Flora Farm in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

The Garden at Flora Farm, photo by Chris Sands

The Garden at Flora Farm, photo by Chris Sands

Q: My go to snack is ________.

A:  Trader Joes Turkey Jerkey

Q: What is/are your guilty pleasure(s)?

A: Three Twins Lemon Cookie Ice Cream

Q: TV wise, what are you watching right now?

A: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Parenthood, Revenge and Modern Family

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Q: I can’t stand ________.

A: Poor manners

Q: What’s the last thing you purchased online?

A: My Chelle Fruit Enzyme Cleanser

Q: Music wise, I am currently listening to ______.

A: Britney Spears’ “Work Bitch” and all songs on Junip’s self titled album (my favorite song is ‘Your Life Your Call’)

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Q: Favorite thing I currently have hanging in my closet is ______

A:  An animal print sequin vest I found at the Alameda Flea Market.  I wore it this Halloween when I dressed up as Diana Ross, and can’t seem to store it away – I love it so much!

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Q: What’s your favorite restaurant in the Bay Area?

 A: Kokkari Estiatorio, I dream about their Saganaki

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Q: What do you love most about working with the Stacy McCain Event Planning team?

A: Because they are the very best in the biz! 🙂

30 Things For Which We’re Thankful For

Photo by The Tomcat Studio

Photo by The Tomcat Studio

Happy Thanksgiving!  In honor of the holiday, we thought it’d be fun to put together a gratitude list – 1 for each day of the month in November. Some of these are silly, some are serious – but each and every one of them played an integral role in the success of Stacy McCain Event Planning in 2013.  In no particular order, we give you 30 Things for which We’re Thankful:

  1. Double sided tape
  2. Coffee, in any way shape or form
  3. Wet Ones
  4. Overnight shipping
  5. Amazon Prime
  6. Gold spray paint
  7. TurboScan
  8. Matte lipstick
  9. Our hardworking and dependable assistants

    Photo by Sasha Gulish

    Victoria, Myla, Stacy and Julia.  Photo by Sasha Gulish

  10. SFMTA meter cards
  11. The fuel that keeps us going: Twizzler Filled Twists, Pirates Booty, and Trader Joes Just Mango Slices
  12. Our fabulous new zip code (94123!!)
  13. SoleMates
  14. The liquids that keep Allie hydrated: Refreshe Sparkling Water and Go Girl Energy Drinks
  15. SnapChat
  16. Tip Toes Nail Salon
  17. Business insurance
  18. Gotts Roadside Food Truck Vendor Meals
  19. Small, family owned transportation companies
  20. Pay By Phone
  21. Google Maps
  22. The best intern in the world and our very favorite Southern Belle, Julia

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    Hey, Y’all!

  23. PowerPoint Seating Charts
  24. International Orange
  25. Dutch crunch sandwiches from Yountville Deli
  26. Lionel Ritchie’s “All Night Long” 
  27. Our chic on-site aprons
  28. Fastrak
  29. VSCOcam and Whitagram
  30. Little Black Dresses that are slimming, forgiving, and easy to accessorize (can I get an Amen?!)

Stacy McCain Event Planning wishes you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday spent with delicious food, wine and excellent company!

Photo by Ginny Branch

Photo by Ginny Branch

Questions for Stacy: Home for the Holidays

Question:

Hi Stacy.  My fiancé and I recently got engaged, and will be spending time with our families over the holidays.  We’d like to use some of this time to get started on the wedding planning.  What sort of questions should we plan  on discussing with our families?

 Answer:

First off, congratulations! What an exciting time for you, your fiancé and your families. Tending to some wedding business while enjoying your family’s company sounds like a very smart plan.  Here are some topics I’d suggest you try to cover while you’re home for the holidays:

1. Who would we like to invite?  (We encourage couples and their families to make an A, B and C invitee list, as the venues’ capacity may dictate which list you are able to work from). This is also a good time to chat about whether or not you will invite children to the wedding.

2. What is the ideal wedding month/date for both families? While you won’t be able to run the date by everyone, we recommend coming up with a list of at least three dates that work for both families, just in case your venue of choice already has several dates booked, you’ll have a few back-ups.

3. Where is our ideal venue?  (If you have no idea where to begin, think of some locations that are special to your family ~ such as a summer vacation spot or venue in your hometown ~ or locations that are special to you as a couple such as the place where you first met, had your first date, got engaged etc.)

4. What is our overall wedding budget?  How much will each party plan on contributing (Bride’s family, Groom’s family, Bride & Groom)?

5. Who do we want to be in our wedding party?  Do we want to include children in the ceremony?

Photo by Saskia de Laat

Happy Holidays!
Cheers,
Stacy

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Questions for Stacy: Winter Florals in California

Question:

Hi Stacy.  My fiancé and I are in the process of planning a winter wedding in California, and I’m worried we won’t have a lot of options for our florals.  Can you help guide me towards the flowers that are in season during the chillier months?

 Answer:

There is something so cozy about a winter wedding!  California doesn’t experience the harshest of winters, however we do see the temperatures drop significantly.  But have no fear, with this change comes a whole new set of gorgeous florals that are just as wonderful as the other seasons’ offerings.

Here are some of our favorites:

Ranunculus

Photo courtesy Mandala Floral

Photo courtesy Mandala Floral

Amaryllis

Photo via Flikr

Photo via Flikr

Holly

Photo courtesy National Georgraphic

Photo courtesy National Georgraphic

Jasmine

Photo by Angelic Shaman Ministry

Photo by Angelic Shaman Ministry

Anemone

Photo courtesy Champagne : Shotguns

Photo courtesy Champagne : Shotguns

Star Gazer Lily

Photo via Flower Picture Gallery

Photo via Flower Picture Gallery

Narcissus

Photo via Trek Lens

Photo via Trek Lens

Cosmos

Photo via Wallcoo

Photo via Wallcoo

Poinsettia

Photo by Johnson Brothers Greenhouses

Photo by Johnson Brothers Greenhouses

Star of Bethlehem

Photo by Daile Wilson

Photo by Daile Wilson

Tulip

Photo via Architerials

Photo via Architerials

Waxflower

WAXFLOWER MADONNA

Photo via Passion for Flowers

Now isn’t that wonderful array of beautiful flowers from which to choose?
For more information on flower seasonality, check out this helpful chart from the folks at Cuesa!
Cheers,
Stacy

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