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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Cast of RHOBH

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’)


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


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

Jennifer + Brandon Tie The Knot

In honor of the first week of Fall, we have the pleasure of sharing the wedding of Jennifer and Brandon. Their wedding was full of warm Fall colors, echoing the surrounding grape vines which were in the process of transitioning from shades of green to yellows, oranges and reds.

In the months following her wedding, we asked Jennifer to share the story of her relationship and wedding to Brandon. Here she shares their sweet story, as well as some helpful tips on making the most of your own special day:

There was a lot of history leading up to our big day. Brandon and I grew up together since elementary school, and share many mutual childhood friends. We even went to the high school prom together!

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We went our separate ways for college, but one day during summer break our paths crossed in our hometown Clayton, Ca.  We hung out together almost every day that summer, even before we started dating.

We dated for about three years before Brandon proposed at one of our favorite picnic spots at Rutherford Hill winery.  It was the most perfectly romantic proposal; just the two of us overlooking the valley.  We then spent the weekend visiting other wineries across the valley.

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I always knew I wanted to find a venue in the wine country, so I asked our friends, the Sherwins, of Sherwin Family Vineyards, if they had any suggestions.  They told me about Beaulieu Garden.  After seeing Beaulieu firsthand, we knew immediately that this was the spot!

We were engaged for a year and four months before we got married. We had a lot of close friends getting married that same year, so we wanted to choose a date that gave enough space between all the different events. We also liked the idea of getting married in September, as the weather is usually mild and the vines are lush with grapes.

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When the wedding day finally arrived it was absolutely beautiful. The venue was gorgeous, and the flowers were absolutely amazing! It is so wonderful to see all the details come together and look more outstanding than I could have ever imagined. It was so special to have all of our friends and family coming together to celebrate our marriage and future lives together. I was so excited to see Brandon, to be with Brandon and to start our life together. It was so exciting that the day had finally arrived.

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On the day of the wedding, I was so happy and I felt so blessed that all I could do was smile. I watch my wedding video and I laugh because on my wedding day all you can see is teeth! I am smiling from ear to ear the whole time. Brandon and I had the most incredible time at our wedding. We enjoyed ourselves and had tons of fun! We danced with our friends and family and truly enjoyed our time together. It truly was an amazing day filled with so much love and a tremendous amount of happiness.

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The best advice I could give to other brides is to take a few moments to take it all in.  For Brandon and me, our first opportunity to do so was after the formal dances and speeches. We went around the property with our photographer and took pictures of just the two of us. These were the moments during which we could view the reception and watch all of our guests dancing and having fun. It was so cool to see our wedding from a distance. It was also nice to have time for just the two of us to be alone and appreciate our special day.

It can be overwhelming when you are surrounded by all the guests. Part of you feels obligated to visit with people you haven’t seen in a long time or to thank people for coming. I think it is very important to step away with your husband for a short time to relax and take in all the special little moments. Otherwise it can seem like the day went by way too fast. So remember to have fun and enjoy every moment!


Happy Anniversary, Jennifer and Brandon!


Planning & Coordination: Stacy McCain Event Planning / Photography: Kate Webber Photography / Venue & Catering: Paula Le Duc Fine Catering  / Venue: Beaulieu Garden / Flowers:  Sharla Flock Designs / Lighting & Sound: Got Light / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Videography: Weddings On Film / Printed Pieces: Union Street Papery / Calligraphy: Michelle Papineau Calligraphy / Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Eloquence String Quartet / Band: Sage Music / Cake Maker: Sweet On Cake / Toasting Flutes: Kate Spade / Transportation: Pure Luxury / Getaway Car: Classic Convertible Wine Tours / Wedding Gown and Bridesmaids Dresses: Alvina Valenta / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade / Men’s Suits: Calvin Klein for Mens Warehouse

Some Very Special Mother/Son Songs

Last month, we shared a list of our Very Favorite Father/Daughter Songs.  In this post, we wanted to show our Grooms and Moms a little love.

Let’s face it, when it comes to the special dances at a wedding, most of the attention is focused on the bride and the much anticipated father/daughter dance. But hey, every Mom deserves to have a special moment with her son as well!  The mother/son dance is one of the most touching traditions to take place at wedding receptions. Choosing the perfect song for this dance can prove to be a little difficult, so here’s a list of our all-time favorites.  Warning: you may want to grab a tissue before giving these songs a listen!

Laura & Jeff Wedding by Michelle Pattee

Photo by Michelle Pattee

Photo by Gertrude and Mabel

Photo by Heather and Carol for Gertrude & Mabel

Now put on those dancin’ shoes and enjoy your special dance!

Our Very Favorite Father/Daughter Songs

It’s undeniable: the bond between a father and his daughter is special and sacred ( hello… just think of George and Annie in Father of the Bride! ).  Therefore, having the opportunity to share a Father/Daughter dance at her wedding, is often something a bride dreams about before she even meets her husband to be.  For a father, this dance honors that special relationship, but also serves as the acknowledgement and acceptance of a new man in a his daughter’s life.
As the choice of this song carries so much significance, it’s easy to feel pressured to make it just perfect.  Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of our all-time favorites, to help you choose the song that fits your relationship best.

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Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

Father-Daughter Songs

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Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

Be sure to check back next month for the list of our favorite Mother-Son songs!