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

Click here to read our last helpful Questions for Stacy blog entry!

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2013 TRENDS: Florals with Atelier Joya

Welcome back to our recurring monthly series, 2013 TRENDS.  This month we selected to interview the dynamic design duo at Atelier Joya, Priska Kaspar Jayme and Lisa Boone.  We cannot speak highly enough about these innovative, enthusiastic and creative women and love any opportunity we have to work with them.  Atelier Joya is forever ahead of the curve, so it seemed fitting to ask them to forecast this year’s trends in florals. On behalf of Atelier Joya, Lisa shares her thoughts on the exciting things in store for 2013.

Lisa Boone and Priska Jayme Jasper

Lisa Boone and Priska Kaspar Jayme

Q: First tell us about Atelier Joya and how your company got started.

A: Priska has been working with flowers since she was a little girl. She grew up in Switzerland where her parents owned a nursery & flower shop. She knows the ins and outs of flowers and has had a passion for them all of her life. I have a background in interior design & styling and can remember spending many afternoons as a child doing the “decorating” for parties and always wanting to make my surroundings beautiful. Priska & I met while working for an event design company together. A year after both of us had left, we realized we missed working together and that we both were interested in starting a business. We both wanted to continue doing what we loved and knew we had the background to make it happen. That’s how it all began…

Decor by Atelier Joya, photo by: Sergio Mottola

Decor by Atelier Joya, photo by: Sergio Mottola

Decor by Atelier Joya, Photo by: Sergio Mottola

Decor by Atelier Joya, Photo by: Sergio Mottola

Q: How would you describe Atelier Joya’s philosophy of design?  What makes your work stand out amongst your peers in terms of quality, products and materials?

A: Atelier Joya has a refined, sophisticated style. For each event there are several key components we consider: color, proportion and a dramatic/unexpected element. We always take the venue into consideration and create designs that not only highlight the venue, but also enhance any decor elements that we bring in.

We always use the highest quality materials and believe in excellent craftsmanship. Priska has been in the floral business for over 20 years and she knows exactly how flowers respond to different handling techniques, climates and seasons. She is able to create any style of arrangement, as she deeply understands the technical skills behind it. I think what really makes us stand out amongst our peers is the thoughtfulness that goes into each event.  Not only do we design the floral arrangements, we design the entire event! By taking every differing design component into consideration, we are able to enhance each component of the design and have a cohesive look with layers of depth, dimension and surprise.

Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

Q: Which flowers and themes were popular in 2012 that you think you’ll be seeing less of in 2013? Can you share some photos?

A: Mercury glass was very popular, along with florals in shades of blush pink and ivory with a hint of dusty miller mixed in.

Design & florals by Atelier Joya, photo by: Sasha Gulish

Design & florals by Atelier Joya, photo by: Sasha Gulish

Q: In your opinion, what are the new ‘it’ colors and floral trends for 2013?  Can you share some photos of these colors and trends?

A: We’re seeing a bit more color this year. There are lots of corals, peaches and even some fruits like kumquats and textural materials. The loose, organic, garden style is very popular right now too.

Florals & photo by Atelier Joya

Florals & photo by Atelier Joya

Q: Are there any new varieties of flowers, herbs or other plants on the market this year that you’ve not seen in the past?  Can you share some photos?

A: Every year we see a few new varieties of roses, garden roses dahlias and tulips. While this isn’t a new variety, we absolutely love using tree peonies during the 2-4 week period that they are available at the market.

Florals & photo by Atelier Joya

Florals & photo by Atelier Joya

Q: We saw a lot of mercury glass vessels being used in 2012.  Do you think a new innovative container and/or material will take center stage this year?

 A: We’re seeing a lot of gold accents (i.e. votives, silverware, rims of plates). We also think earthenware and ceramic pieces will take center stage. For us, we really like to focus on using specialty vessels that aren’t necessarily the latest trend, but are specifically sourced for the event. Our pieces are selected to showcase the flowers perfectly and to make an original arrangement that adds a one of a kind experience for the guests.

Heath Ceramics

Heath Ceramics

Photo courtesy Dwell Studio

Photo courtesy Dwell Studio

Q: When you start working with a new client on a wedding, how does the process begin?

A: It’s so much fun starting to work with a new client.  Initially, we sit down with the couple and talk about their vision for the day. What is it that they want to experience…what is the feeling they want to evoke. We have them fill out a questionnaire that helps us to get to know more about them as a couple. Some questions we might ask are what their hobbies are, what their dream home would look like, where do they like to travel, what magazines do they read, etc. We gather lots of information to get a real sense of the couple and come up with ideas for ways to have their personality shine through at the wedding. We spend time looking at photos together and learn what they gravitate towards. Once we have a good sense of who they are and what they are envisioning, we get to work designing for them.

Q: In your experience, how much of her budget should a bride set aside for florals and event design?

A: The budget really depends on the client’s priorities. For some clients, their most important component is the food, while for others it might be the music and for others the floral & decor. I think a great deal depends on the venue that is selected as well. The budget varies quite a bit depending on how many items need to be brought in versus how much the venue already provides.

Q: What is the most over the top, fabulous event you’ve been a part of?  Can you tell us about your contributions and share some photos?

A: A really amazing event for us to design was the Kim Crawford Welcome Tent at the South Beach Food & Wine Festival. With over 20,000 guests attending the event, we captured the brand’s whimsical, glamorous image as well as evoked a Miami Beach vibe. We created the overall concept/design for the tent. Our client gave us the freedom to think outside the box and go big with an 80′ wall art installation. It was so satisfying to see our initial rendering come to life

Design by: Atelier Joya, Photo by: Jason Koerner

Design by: Atelier Joya, Photo by: Jason Koerner

Design by: Atelier Joya, Photo by: Jason Koerner

Design by: Atelier Joya, Photo by: Jason Koerner

Design by: Atelier Joya  Photo: Jason Koerner

Design by: Atelier Joya Photo: Jason Koerner

Photo by Atelier Joya

Rendering by Atelier Joya

Q: If you had an opportunity to put together your dream event (wedding or otherwise) with all your favorite florals and an unlimited budget, what would it look like?  

A: I would love to host an event in a faraway destination like the Greek Isles in a beautiful home with white stucco walls and a stunning view of the Aegean sea. It would be a gathering of close friends and family and it would be a time to relax, take in the sun and eat amazing food. I picture the decor in the evening being a sea of gorgeous lanterns scattered about the villa and large antiqued pots overflowing with fresh local flowers each day.

Photo courtesy Photo Bucket

Photo courtesy Elle Decor

Photo courtesy Photo Bucket

Photo courtesy Photo Bucket

Photo on the left by Elle Decor; lanterns on the right from Casamidy

Photo on the left by Elle Decor; lanterns on the right from Casamidy

In case you missed it, click here to read out last TRENDS entry, featuring Rentals with Hartmann Studios

Introducing Our New Wedding Styling Series with Brianne Binder of BB Style!

We’re beyond thrilled to announce our collaboration with Brianne Binder of BB Style, who will be sharing her tips for the bride in search of the perfect outfit for all her events surrounding ‘the big day’. In the next couple of months, Brianne will share some of her favorite looks for events taking place in the City, at the Beach, in the Garden or in Wine Country. Our goal is to help guide you through the process of choosing the perfect outfit while taking the celebration, venue and locale into consideration. We hope you enjoy getting to know Brianne, her creative services, and her super talented ways as much as we have!

Photo by Matt Edge Photography

Meet Brianne : Photo by Matt Edge Photography

Let’s start with an introduction to Brianne’s company, BB Style:

BB Style is full service fashion and personal styling service in the Bay Area founded by Brianne Binder.  After almost 10 years working in Fashion Merchandising and Buying, she ventured out on her own to start BB Style. She is passionate about fashion and style and is a retail expert, which made the move to personal styling a natural one. She also curates a style Blog that showcases her personal style, posts behind the scenes depictions of creative projects she’s working on, and shares trends, tips and tricks, sale alerts and seasonal inspirations.

She has loved being able to work directly with clients to solve their style needs and help create the perfect style for their lifestyle, event or identity. Services are tailored to individual client needs, including wardrobe styling, personal styling, wedding & special event styling, and personal shopping. After all, everyone is different and has their own unique styling needs.

Photo by Matt Edge Photography

Photo by Matt Edge Photography

Wedding styling is particularly dear to her, having planned her own wedding last year (which was recently published on Style Me Pretty).  She fell in love with styling by way of creating bridal looks for her wedding party and almost all of her family, for both the wedding and weekend activities. Currently, she offers styling assistance for finding the perfect dress, completing your bridal look from head to toe, guiding beauty inspiration to compliment your bridal style and packages for styling for wedding party, groom and family.

BB Style strives to become your go-to styling resource, helping to overcome the roadblocks you are experiencing with your closet, shopping, or finding the perfect wardrobe for your wedding or event. She is always inspired by her clients, and feels tremendous reward in seeing them look and feel their best.

And now on to part 1 of our Wedding Style Series!

I am so excited to collaborate on this fun style series for Stacy McCain Event Planning! With wedding season in high gear, we thought it was the perfect time to talk wedding style. Not just bridal style, but style for all of the events you have to celebrate leading up to the big day! All of those special events also require outfits. You want to celebrate in style, but what do you wear?!

Today, I share with you my picks for what to wear to your Bridal Shower, giving you style advice on outfits you can wear to a shower taking place in the City, at the Beach, in the Garden or in Wine Country. Finding the perfect outfit takes time and with a million other to do’s on your list, it can help to have some inspiration and tips for where you can find it.

A few tips from BB Style on styling your Bridal Shower outfit:

* It’s never too early to start looking for outfit options.  If you see something you love, grab it!  You can find the perfect shoes and accessories to compliment it at a later date.

* Wear something that has your wedding color (or an accent of your wedding color) to get you excited. Don’t be afraid to wear color.

* It’s your day to shine and be showered, so wear something that makes you feel great. Whether that something is heels and a cute dress or a flirty skirt and fun flats ~ have some fun with it!

* Details, details details… it’s all in the details!  Adding great accessories completes an outfit and makes you stand out.

* Wearing something white or cream-colored is always fun as a bride because you stand out and it gets you excited to wear white on your big day.

Check out my inspiration board for the Garden, the Beach, Wine Country and the City:

Bridal Shower Style _ BB Style

Garden Outfit: Madewell Floral Dress | Kate Spade Floral Stud Earrings | Kate Spade Pave Bow Bangle | J. Crew Clutch | J. Crew Metallic Sandals

Beach Outfit: Joie Lace Dress | J. Crew Tassel Necklace | Kate Spade Bangle | Coach Clutch | Zara Sandals

Wine Country Outfit: J. Crew Peplum Top | Saturday Skirt | Kate Spade Statement Necklace | Zara Metallic Clutch | Kate Spade Striped Wedge

City Outfit: Joie Embroidered Dress | Madewell Necklace | Stella and Dot Crystal Ball Studs | Ray Ban Sunglasses | DVF clutch | Zara Turquoise Heels

Find all the styles and looks from my Wedding Style series on Pinerest!

Be sure to check back in a few weeks for another feature in our Wedding Style series fearing Brianne and BB Style!

2013 Trends: Colors with Sharla Flock Designs

Welcome to this month’s installment of 2013 Trends, where we explore all things associated with COLOR!  For this interview, we enlisted floral guru Sharla Flock to share her thoughts on the ‘it’ colors of the moment, define colors as they pertain to her overall aesthetic, and to have some fun creating her very own ‘dream wedding’.  If you’ve had the pleasure of working with Sharla before, you’ll definitely hear her fun-loving, heartfelt, passionate personality shine through in this interview.  We are such fans of Sharla’s work, and are looking forward to partnering with her on several weddings this Summer and beyond!

Q: First, tell us a little bit about Sharla Flock Designs including your scope of services and a description of your overall aesthetic.

A: Sharla Flock Designs is a floral design studio specializing in wedding and event work.  I enjoy playing a part in the overall event design whenever possible. For me, there is no better “high” than walking away from a wedding feeling as though it has been flawlessly executed. Having a creative team working together with a passion for design makes our work so fun and rewarding.  Details, details, details; it’s all about those tasty little details!  I’m drawn to texture, am a freak for color, and love all the subtle differences in tones. Pink is never just pink. Raspberry, bubble gum, blush… Being able to create a floral and color palette for my brides that reflects their aesthetic is what it’s all about. Each wedding is as unique as the individual client!

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Photo by Sharla Flock

Q: At the beginning of each year, Pantone announces their Color of the Year, which is Emerald this year.  In your experience, does this announcement directly affect the way color trends shift from year to year?

A: In 2012, the Pantone color was Tangerine. I can honestly say until most recently, I have not embraced the color orange and most of my brides have followed suit. I tend to be known for my green, white, brown, blush tones. In my designs, people tend to appreciate neutral palettes that are reflective of nature. However, I am really yearning for more color in 2013 and am excited to see what trends will play out.

I have a wedding in April with a Mad Men underlying theme. Some of the bridesmaids will be in an Emerald tone and I can’t wait to see it!

Photo by Sharla Flock

Photo by Sharla Flock

Q: Are you seeing any innovative color combinations (ie: coral & turquoise) in 2013?

A: Sigh… still not a lot of color yet! I’m getting a lot of requests for Black & White themes again. And of course, all white is still popular. Again, this may speak more to my design aesthetic, which attracts brides who want a more monochromatic color theme. The season is still young and full of possibilities however, and I’m hopeful that color will rain down on this wedding season.

Q: Which colors are you hoping to see more of in 2013?

A: I’m embracing, with a new enthusiasm, the colors of the sunset. There is something about orange, rust, coral, and plum tones that feels so alive and vibrant. They are also a wee bit earthy, which is always something that I gravitate towards.  Autumn is like candy for my eyes. I’m also so happy for the turn of seasons when I see the deep plum tones, rich reds, browns, and rusts around every corner at the flower market. It’s as if you can eat you way through the palette. SO yummy!

Photo by Sharla Flock

Photo by Sharla Flock

Q: Which 2012 trends and colors will we be seeing less of in 2013?

A: Blush needs to go on a vacation and bring mercury glass with her. Don’t get me wrong, I have been THE card-carrying member of the “blush peony, garden rose, dusty miller in mercury glass” club for a few years now, but it’s time to move on to something different and perhaps unexpected.

Q: When building a color palatte with your clients, what are the first steps you take towards making a final decision?

A: I listen to what my clients are naturally drawn to. I ask them about the color in their home, what they like to wear. It’s always a tell-tell sign when they whip out their ipad and the cover is hot pink!  I give my clients permission to go with the color palette they are drawn to, regardless of the season. It’s so important that the palette be reflective of the client.  Having an all blush wedding in October is perfectly acceptable in my book and should be embraced.

Photo by Sharla Flock

Photo by Sharla Flock

Q: If a client comes to you with a desire to incorporate two colors which you feel clash with one another – how do you compromise?

A: I’m always honest with my clients. I wish I could sensor myself at times, but if it feels really jarring, I will always share my concerns. Most times it’s just a matter of adding a transition color to help bridge the gap so the palette feels more cohesive.

Q:  How do you gauge the number of colors to be included in a wedding color palatte?  Is there a certain number of colors at which you would suggest capping?

A:  I try to keep within a color story palette, meaning in a range from light to dark and either warm or cool tones. (this is where my art background rears it’s ugly head – ha!).  I love playing around with possible options, mixing textures and colors that really play off each other. I think it’s best to have less range in color and more range in tones.  There isn’t a magic number to this equation, it’s more about the type, style, and shape of the individual flowers in addition to the colors.

Photo by Sharla Flock

Photo by Sharla Flock

Q:  If you had an opportunity to create your dream wedding featuring your favorite colors and florals – how would it look?

A:  I think it would feel like a vintage Thanksgiving: abundance of food, florals, and gratitude. Deep, rich reds, browns, burgundies, and plum tones in a collection of rustic, vintage footed vessels.  Think trophy vases, goblets, and tarnished silver. (Side note: I had the loveliest bride this year who had a note for each and every guest at his or her place setting. That kind of thoughtfulness is better than any wedding cake, hands down!)  I would see a candlelit evening ceremony followed by a feast of beautiful and delicious food.  Then there would be dancing until we collapse on day beds set out on the lawn of the property and fall asleep under the stars.

Photo by Robert Hatch

Photo by Robert Hatch

In case you missed it, click here to see last month’s Trends feature on Lighting!

2013 Trends: Lighting

This month we are excited to turn our eye towards 2013 Trends in Lighting, care of Ashley Hugus, Wedding & Social Event Manager at Got Light.  Got Light is one of our favorite and most trusted special event design and production companies, and we knew right away we wanted to reach out to them for their expertise on the matter of lighting.  It’s clear to us from this interview that Got Light has a lot of fun innovative ideas in the pipeline, and we look forward to partnering with them on many spectacular weddings this year!

Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

Q: First, tell us a little bit about Got Light and your scope of services.

A:  Got Light has delighted thousands of brides and grooms, and we work year-round with the top wedding professionals in the Bay Area to create spectacular ceremonies and receptions.  Whether it’s a backyard wedding for 20 or a mega-wedding for 400, our couples receive immaculate personalized care and attention to detail.

Don’t be fooled by the name.  Got Light provides more than just light! Our services include event audio, video, projection art, video mapping, draping, staging, and much more.  The Got Light team consists of passionate designers, producers, cinematographers, engineers, riggers, and everyone in between.   Our dedicated team of creative problem solvers has a sick obsession for details and an unyielding addiction to customer service.
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Q:  Incorporating proper lighting into the overall design of a wedding is essential.  Can you help explain why the need for lighting is so important?
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A:  Lighting completely transforms the entire look and ambiance of your event.  It can be subtle or striking, but will always have a profound impact on the overall look of your venue.  Illuminated decor, such as chandeliers, mason jars, or pathway lights can also create bold statements for your event with light.  Our experts at Got Light layer in color, texture, kinetic movement, and subtle highlights.   We take your event from “lit” to “WOW!”
Q: Can you please define what an uplight, pin spotting and wash are? Can you share some photos/examples with us?
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A:  Sure!  Here they are:
  • Uplight:  Uplights are compact lighting fixtures in varying sizes and wattages (depending on the event space) that are placed on the ground up against the perimeter walls or key architectural features, adding light and color to the walls, ceiling, and providing an ambient indirect glow.  Uplights shine up a wall and naturally fill a  space with light and color.  We consider uplighting to be the primer or “base coat” to lighting, being the first course of action to transform a room with light.  For  exteriors, uplighting is used on key landscape elements and trees, adding drama and illumination to an outdoor setting. Uplighting can be any color of your  choice, preferably a color that ties in with the linens, florals, or overall color palette.
Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

  • Pin Spot:  A pin spot is a sharp, focused light directed at a floral centerpiece, wedding cake, or certain types of decor.  Pin spotting not only helps illuminate the room, but can make dining tables pop with light.  Pin spots can be white light or they can be colored with a light tinted GEL to help bring out the colors of a floral centerpiece.   Pin spots are best for rooms or venues where the pin spot can be mounted or aimed from above the tables.  If that’s not an option, pin spots can be mounted to a tree along the perimeter of the room and aim towards the centerpiece or cake at an angle.  For large centerpieces, often we will recommend two-sided pin spotting for the best look.  We are always happy to advise whether or not pin spotting is appropriate or effective based on your venue and florals.
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Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

  • Wash:  Washes in lighting are broad projections of illumination, color, and/or pattern.    A wash is sometimes a necessity, not a design element, such as a “band wash”.  Or a wash can be colored or patterned to introduce character and design, such as a “ceiling wash”, “wall wash” or “dance wash”.  In lighting, a wash merely refers to projection(s) of illumination to either establish visibility or to liven up a space with more illumination, style, or color.
Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

Q: Which 2012 trends and colors will we be seeing less of in 2013?
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A:  In 2012, we began seeing a lot of yellow with black/grey color combinations.  The trend of bold color schemes including teals, purples and magentas are definitely on the rise!
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Q:  Any new special lighting features you’re rolling out in 2013 that you’d like to share with us?  Can you share some photos/examples with us?
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A:  Our latest signature style is producing your event with the smallest visible footprint of production nonsense.  This includes custom wooden housing to cover our lighting hardware in a variety of paint and stains.  This replaces a standard uplight color with a beautiful, rustic cover that becomes part of the wedding decor and design.
Got Light's Custom Wood Covers

Got Light’s Custom Wood Covers

We pride ourselves on immaculate attention to detail and are continually designing tricks to hide the wiring.  We want to show off your event, not show off our toys!
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Q: Are you seeing any new color requests in 2013?
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A:  Emerald is the IT color of 2013!  We are seeing a lot of rich aqua hues and complimentary tones, such as green and magenta.  For weddings, ivory and blush or monochromatic schemes never go out of style.  We do a lot of neutral tones, especially for outdoor weddings.  Beautiful venues and a gorgeous landscapes speak for themselves.  Our approach at Got Light is to always enhance the venue, never covering up its natural character.
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Q: Would you be able to share a a before an after photograph of a space to exemplify the impact that lighting has in a space?
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A: Sure!  Take a look…
Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

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Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

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Photo Credit: Got Light

Photo Credit: Got Light

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Q: Keeping in mind that this all depends on the space, guest count, etc – what do you recommend a couple keep in mind for their lighting budget?
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A: In terms of a lighting budget, we at Got Light believe it’s important to always remember two things: timing and power.  We use a lot of heavy equipment.  When we are hanging decor or lighting in a venue, we are generally the first vendor in and the last vendor out.  Other vendors can generally begin their cleanup behind the scenes, but our product stays up and is enjoyed up until the end of the party, so we don’t take anything down until guests have left the event space.  So bear with us, but we do need a bit of time for set up and break down.  This is important to think about when you are booking your venue block and signing your rental contract.The other thing to think about is power!  We work in dozens of historical buildings around San Francisco and the Bay Area, many of which were not designed with lighting for special events in mind!  At Got Light, we are the Bay Area leader in wireless, battery, & LED, paving the way for a greener and more environmentally friendly approach to lighting for the event industry.  The labor and power saving opportunities are endless!   Remember that if you are having your wedding in an outdoor space with a band, photo booth, lighting, and catering – they will all need somewhere to plug their equipment into, as well!
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Thank you for such an extensive and informative interview, Ashley!  We can honestly say we have a newfound appreciation for the way ‘good’ lighting and production can positively affect a special event!

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In case you missed it, check out last month’s Trends feature on Wedding Cuisine!
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Destination Inspiration: India

My obsession with Bravo’s new show Million Dollar Decorators has officially become out of control. It’s like Elle Decor come to life – what’s not to love?! The thing that took it over the edge? Nathan Turner’s Indian themed collaboration party with One King’s Lane that aired on last nights episode. Just look at him:

Adorable, right? And of course One Kings Lane launched the goods today and everything was amazing , and disappeared in the blink of an eye. BUT the inspiration lives on…


1. Invite, 2. Pillow, 3. Lantern, 4. Pouf, 5. Glassware, 6. Earrings, 7. Salt & Pepper Set, 8. Votives

Complete with marigold draping (just like Nathan) and voila!

inspirations: color palettes

Coming up with inspirations in a world full of beautiful art is simple, but finding pieces THIS amazing is quite the treat! How gorgeous are these paintings by Robert Rea?! We are loving the colors, brushstrokes, and most of all EVERYTHING about them. Take a peek at our favorites…


How amazing would this marigold color be for a Spring/Summer wedding?? We are clearly a little obsessed with these paintings! The colors are just amazing and I want each and every one of them for myself! The paintings were even features in the current issue of Veranda Magazine.

Here are some of our favorite rooms….

To see more and purchase the paintings by Robert Rea visit Susan Calloway Fine Art.