Happy 4th of July!

Cheers to you America, Happy Birthday!

Photo by Daniel Montoya

Photo by Daniel Montoya

Allie’s St. Patrick’s Day Green Juice

Why not mix things up this year and add some fresh green juice to your St. Patty’s Day routine?  Allie’s St. Patrick’s Day Green Juice means business – it’s chock full of all the wholesome micronutrients your body craves.  Plus you can reward yourself with that green beer at the end of the day!

Photo by Mind Body Green

Photo by Mind Body Green

Ingredients ( Allie strongly suggests purchasing all organic produce ):

~ 1 bunch lacinato Kale, ends trimmed

~ 1/2 bunch parsley, ends trimmed

~ 4 sticks celery, ends trimmed

~ 1 head fennel, quartered with ends trimmed

~ 1 green apple, quartered

~ 3 lemons, ends removed ( but don’t remove the rinds, the lemon oil is from the skins is delicious and super healthy )

~ 1/2 inch ginger (optional)


1. Wash and prepare all ingredients

2. Run all ingredients through your juice in the order listed above

3. Drink immediately or bottle/refrigerate, tightly capping the bottle making sure there is no air inside.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Real Wedding: Courtney + Neal

This week, we are so excited to share photos from the real NYE wedding of Courtney + Neal.  As you can see, the bride, creative director at Campbell Creative, thought of every little detail when she designed the look and feel of her special day.  The intimate wedding took place at the newly refurbished Inn at the Presidio, in San Francisco (which was originally built in 1903).  Guests enjoyed dinner, dancing, desserts and cigars, as they rang in the new year celebrating Mr. and Mrs. Neal Jones.

For more photos, check out our feature on 100 Layer Cake!

0006 0007 00080276 0009 0014 00150055 0063 0069 0077 01000121 0123 0140 0160 0242 02360245 0247 0258 0273 0275 0279 0280 0281 0306 03070251 0313 03110316 0320 0323 03270256 0346 0347 0351 0355 0359 03620363 03860259 0393 0414 0415 0417 0421 04230261 0428 043004310260 0435 0455 0461 0467 0474 0480 0473 0486 0494 0505 0510 0506 0551 0556 0557 0559 0565 05680506 0575 0577 0580 05910597 0592 0593 0596 0602 0605 0607 0610 0612 0613 0614 0616 0615 0713 0718 0725 0724 0748 0285 0483 0482

And who could forget the fabulously festive NYE photo booth, created by Tomfoolery SF?

10214_tomfoolerysf 10037_tomfoolerysf 10091_tomfoolerysf 10008_tomfoolerysf 10135_tomfoolerysf

Event Design: Campbell Creative / Planning & Coordination: Stacy McCain Event Planning / Venue: The Inn at the Presidio / Photography: Edyta Szyszlo / Venue & Catering: City Smoke House / Flowers: Paul Robertson Floral Design / Rentals: Hartmann Studios / Hair: Michaela Breci Hair / Photo Booth: Tomfoolery SF / Band: Jazz Mafia / Minster: Josie Dillon {408.585.5303} / Donuts: Allstar Donuts {415.441.9270} / Cupcakes: Susie Cakes

2013 Trends: Wine with Will Phelps of Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Welcome to our final installment of 2013 Trends!  It felt fitting that during this month of holidays and celebrations, we’d feature this interview with Will Phelps of Joseph Phelps Vineyards to discuss trends in wine.  Not only is Will’s knowledge of the wine industry incredible vast, he knows how to have a good time and crack a joke or two.  He just so happens to be Allie’s favorite (and only) brother.  We loved working with him to pick his brain about the world of wine.
Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 5.49.44 PM
Will Phelps

Will Phelps

First, tell us a little about Joseph Phelps Vineyards and what you do for the company.
Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 5.49.44 PM
We are a family-owned winery that was started by my grandfather 40 years ago, in 1973. We focus on making ultra-premium, estate-grown wines from Napa Valley and Sonoma Coast. I am the sales rep here in Northern California.
Joe Phelps

Joe Phelps

One of the biggest perks of having a wedding in the Bay Area is being able to feature local wines.  What would you say is the main difference between wines produced in Sonoma versus the Napa Valley?
Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 5.49.44 PM
Napa Valley is much better. Just kidding, I can’t say that anymore now that we’re in Sonoma Coast. I guess the biggest difference is that they each have their different strengths. Napa Valley is warmer, so Bordeaux varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon grow better there than Sonoma.  In Sonoma, where it’s cooler, Burgundian varietals like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir tend to grow better.
Our Pastorale Vineyard in Somona

Pastorale Vineyard in Somona

There are quite a few movers and shakers on the wine scene today, introducing new winemaking styles and techniques.  Can you tell us a little bit about some of the trends that have gained popularity in 2013?
Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 5.49.44 PM
There is definitely a trend toward making and consuming wines with lower alcohol and fruit. People are realizing more and more that wine is meant to be enjoyed with food, and big, high-alcohol ‘fruit bombs’ can easily overpower food. You’re also seeing less oak used when aging wine for the same reason.  I’m not sure these are unique to 2013, but they have been trending for the last few years.
Photo by Mel Barlow

Photo by Mel Barlow

Which winery were you most excited about getting to know this year?  Which of their wines would you suggest serving at a wedding?
Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 5.49.44 PM
I really like all the wines that my friend is making at Scribe in Sonoma, especially their Pinot Noir. On the Napa side, probably the best wine I’ve had all year was the 2009 Madrona Ranch from Abreu.
Scribe Pinot Noir

Scribe Pinot Noir

In your opinion, what are the best wines to serve to guests during cocktail hour for a spring wedding?  Do you have a favorite wine and/or vintage you’d recommend?
Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 5.49.44 PM
I think bubbles are a great way to go. Champagne would be my number one recommendation, but of course it’s a bit pricier. If you’re on more of a budget, there are tons of great domestic sparkling wines (my favorite is Gruet from New Mexico), as well as Prosecco from Italy and Cava from Spain. If you’re going to serve still wine, just go with the basics: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and/or Cabernet Sauvignon.  Make sure these wines taste good on their own, as a limited amount of food is typically served during cocktail hour.
Gruet Brut

Gruet Brut

We’ve found that some of our brides and grooms enjoy wine, but have a hard time describing their preferences.  Can you break down, at the most basic level, the primary descriptors that are useful when describing the tasting notes of a wine?  
Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 5.49.44 PM
With whites, think about if you like them to be bright, crisp, and mouth-watering, or more rich, creamy, and buttery.  For reds, first you should decide between light (think Pinot Noir) or more full-bodied (think Cabernet Sauvignon), and then decide if you like your wine earthy (you smell soil, earth, mushrooms, pine) or fruit-forward (you smell a jar of strawberry or raspberry jam).
Photo courtesy National Features

Photo courtesy National Features

Let’s talk food and wine pairings.  How do you go about suggesting wines to be paired with certain dishes?  Are there certain varietals that pair with almost anything?  
Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 5.49.44 PM
Pinot Noir is the most versatile varietal. You can pair lots of Pinot Noirs with everything from fish to chicken to beef.  If you’re going to offer two wines, whites go well with fish, chicken, and creamy pastas, while reds go well with pork, beef, and tomato-based pastas.
Photo by Elle Jae Photography

Photo by Elle Jae Photography

Which wine are you particularly excited about right now at Joseph Phelps Vineyards?  
Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 5.49.44 PM
Our 2010 Insignia, which is our flagship wine, is made up mostly of Cabernet Sauvignon. We have been making this wine since 1974, and in fact it was the first wine to have a proprietary name, rather than the varietal, on the label in California. It is made of a selection of the best grapes from the vintage from our finest estate-owned vineyards throughout Napa Valley.
Which styles of winemaking to do you hope to see more of in 2014?  
More cowbell, less oak 🙂
More cowbell skit on Saturday Night Live

More Cowbell skit with Will Farrell on Saturday Night Live

In all seriousness, I think that oak is overused in the winemaking process, it would be nice to see less of it in 2014.
Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 5.49.44 PM
If you could get married all over again with unlimited resources, what would your dream wedding menu (including wine pairings) look like?  
Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 5.49.44 PM
I would serve Krug Champagne with passed appetizers, some older white burgundy from Domaine Guy Roulot paired with an heirloom tomato and arugula salad, 2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia with steak, and Chateau d’Yquem with funfetti cake.
Chateau d'Yquem

Chateau d’Yquem

Photo courtesy Cake Chooser

Photo courtesy Cake Chooser

In case you missed it, be sure to read our November installment of Trends, featuring Wedding Ceremonies with Lisa Francesca

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

    photo (45)

    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