Real Wedding: Laura + Jeff

Today we are pleased to share the beautiful photos from Laura and Jeff’s wedding at Beaulieu Garden in Yountville, CA.  Their big day took place on a HOT June day, yet despite the heat, Laura managed to look absolutely stunning and flawless throughout the day.  Pat Friday‘s ‘fresh from the garden’ approach to the design of the wedding was full of girly pops of pink { peonies galore! }, lavender and lush hydrangea.   Please enjoy the photos below; our favorite moments from the day were Laura and Jeff’s special dances with their Father and Mother.  Laura and Jeff were such a lovely couple to work with, and we wish them a lifetime of happiness and laughter.

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Planning & Coordination: Stacy McCain Event Planning / Photography: Michelle Pattee / Printed Pieces: InPrint-Elle / Venue Beaulieu Garden / Catering: Paula Le Duc Fine Catering / Flowers: Pat Friday / Lighting & Sound: Got Light / Ceremony and Cocktail Music: An Elegant Touch of Strings / Band: Allstar Jukebox / Cake: Perfect Endings / Makeup: Victoria’s Hair and Spa

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Bridal Skin Care Boot Camp by San Francisco’s SenSpa

As a bride, it’s imperative that you start thinking about your skin care regimen months in advance of your wedding date.  Six month in advance, according to Beth Morse, esthetician at SenSpa Wellness Center.   We enlisted Beth to create a skin care timeline to help our brides take care of all of their skin care needs in the months leading up to the big day.

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First, Beth tells us a little bit about SenSpa:

At SenSpa, located in the lush Presidio, we believe that everyone has wellness within them, and it is our passion to guide every guest to their optimal state of well-being. We know that wellness starts from within the body and we deliver authentic, results-oriented treatments and products to detoxify, release and nourish the mind, body and spirit.

Our staff is an expert in each of their service areas (skincare, massage therapy, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture) and understands how specific treatments work best to contribute to your overall health, well-being, and feelings of contentment. Our staff can coach, counsel, help, heal, and give you the education, understanding, and tools you need to make wellness part of your everyday regimen.

SenSpa Retail area

Bridal Skin Care Boot Camp Timeline

Six months before wedding:

  • ~ Facial Treatments:  Schedule a 60 minute hydrating facial treatment (like the Super Hydrating Facial) with your esthetician. Let them know your wedding date and have her create an action plan.
    • ~ It is imperative to come in for monthly treatments that are custom-tailored for your skin’s needs.
    • ~ Consult to see if you need: Back Treatments: wearing a backless or strapless dress?  Have your esthetician look at your back to see if back treatments need to be a part of your bridal plan.
    • ~ Homecare is going to be key in seeing those results- it’s like working out in between personal training sessions.
    • ~ Peels or treatments that require prep work and/or downtime.
  • ~ Waxing:
    • ~ Brow Boot Camp: if your brows need a little “boot camp” to create the shape you want to have for your big day.
    • ~ Your hair must be ¼ inch to wax (about three weeks after last shaving)
    • ~ Kiss your razor good-bye and get on a monthly waxing rotation. Your hair grows in three cycles so it takes approximately 4-5 waxes to get all the hair on the same cycle.

One month before wedding:

  • ~ Grab your spa-bestie and come in for a full day. This will be the last time before your wedding that you will want any peels or extractions. From here on out its all hydration so if anything needs to get done- today is the day!
    • ~ *skip waxing on this visit but don’t shave!
  • ~ Add in a back treatment or body scrub to get your skin below the chin ready to look its bridal best.
  • ~ If you have tweezers or a comedone extractor at home- give them to a friend to hold until after the wedding.

Two weeks before wedding:

  • ~ Super hydrating face treatment (no crazy peels, no extractions) Focus on pumping up the glow with hydration and antioxidants!
  • ~ Last pre-wedding wax!

Night before the wedding:

  • ~ If you are staying in a hotel (or even at home) cover up any magnifying mirrors. Brides tend to get nervous and pick the night before.
  • ~ If you notice a blemish, cleanse your face and massage a wet ice cube on any “friends” that show up. Put on your finishing products and then hold a cold compress for 10 minutes.
    • ~ DO NOT PICK OR TWEEZE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!!!
  • ~ Try a hydrating, water-based masque for added glow and radiance.

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The BIG day:

  • ~ Hydrated skin supports makeup and helps it to look it’s best. Be sure to tone and moisturize!
  • ~ Although physical sun protection is best for skin health, it causes HD photos and film to have a white reflection. So you’ll want to have a chemical/absorbing sunscreen just for this one day.

Thank you so much for your stellar timeline, Beth!  We can’t wait to get back to get back to enjoy another treatment ourselves at SenSpa again soon!

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!

Wedding Traditions and History: The Bridal Party

This week we are taking a look at the fascinating history of the modern day Bridal Party.

Photos by Michelle McMurray

The Bridal Party: Then
Photo by Michelle McMurray

Photo by Gertrude and Mabel Photography

The Bridal Party: Now
Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

In early traditions, groomsmen were called ‘bridesknights.’  These bridesknights supported the groom by helping him capture and protect his bride. They would ride their horses to another town to kidnap the bride, and the groom’s ‘best knight’ would help fight for the groom’s love.

Drawing by Manga and Anime

The Groomsmen: Then
Drawing by Manga and Anime

The bridesknights would then oversee the safety of the bride until the wedding ceremony was over.  The best knight would stand on the Brides side so he could be next to her and protect her until they were married. This was thought to confuse the evil spirits, ensuring that no spells could be cast over the couple.

It’s safe to say that the role of the groomsmen has changed significantly over the years!  Today’s responsibilities include planning the groom’s last hurrah by way of a bachelor party, and ensuring he makes it to the church on time for the ceremony.

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The Groomsmen: Now
Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

Photo by Martin Schweig

The Bridesmaids: Then
Photo by Martin Schweig

Back in the day, bridesmaids played a very similar role to the brideknights. The bride’s closest friends would help the bride get some distance from her over-protective family and unwanted suitors so she could be captured by the groom she desired.  On her wedding day, her bridesmaids would dress similarly to the bride in an effort to throw off any evil spirits and bad luck that could be directed towards the otherwise easily identifiable bride and groom.

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The Bridesmaids: Now
Photo by Michelle Pattee Photography

Nowadays, the maid of honor and bridesmaids are chosen specially from the bride’s close group of friends to stand beside her on the big day.  They celebrate her by planning a fabulous bachelorette party prior to the wedding, and see to it that each and every one of her needs are met while she prepares to walk down the aisle.

Traditions are so much more fun in our day and age!

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Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

In Versus Out… Wedding Trends for the New Year

Happy New Year from Stacy McCain Event Planning!  We were so thankful to have the opportunity to spend the holidays catching up with close friends and loved ones (not to mention eating way too much sugar and drinking lots and lots of bubbles).  Now, we’re heading into this year feeling energized and ready to tackle all of the fabulous events on the calendar for 2014!

We’ve spent some time reflecting on past events, and thought we’d share our ideas on some present and future wedding trends.  We love the direction trends are heading and can’t wait to see which new ones we help create for our wonderful brides and grooms in the coming year.

TRENDS: ‘Out’ VS. ‘In’

Veils:

traditional veils VS. statement hairpieces

Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

Cakes:

cake toppers VS. edible flowers

Photo by Lushome

Photo by Lushome

Bridesmaid Dresses:

single color dresses VS. patterned dresses

Photo by Heather and Carol for Gertrude & Mabel

Photo by Heather and Carol for Gertrude & Mabel

Men’s Personals:

fresh boutonnieres VS. handmade boutonnieres

Photo by Peppermint Cloud

Photo by Peppermint Cloud

Linens:

solid linens VS patterned, textured linens

Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

Welcome drinks:

lemonade VS. agua fresca

Photo by Bon Appetit

Photo by Bon Appetit

Florals:

mercury glass VS. white ceramic vessels

Photo by Sasha Gulish

Photo by Sasha Gulish

Favors:

pashminas VS. light wool blankets for the ladies

Photo by Elle Jae Photography

Photo by Elle Jae Photography

Dessert:

mini ice cream cones VS. house made It’s-It’s

Photo by Sasha Gulish

Photo by Sasha Gulish

Photo Booths:

photobooth reels VS. handheld flip-books made to order { Click Here }

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Shoes:

metallic/sparkly shoes VS. solids

Photo by Heather and Carol for Gertrude & Mabel

Photo by Heather and Carol for Gertrude & Mabel

Napkins:

pocket fold VS. off-set triangular fold (even better when accented by a single english rose nestled in a custom vase)

Photo by Heather and Carol for Gertrude & Mabel

Photo by Heather and Carol for Gertrude & Mabel, Florals by Kathleen Deery Design

Wishing you a prosperous and healthy 2014!

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.
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Will Phelps

Will Phelps

First, tell us a little about Joseph Phelps Vineyards and what you do for the company.
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?  
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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?  
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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?  
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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.
Insignia
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.
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If you could get married all over again with unlimited resources, what would your dream wedding menu (including wine pairings) look like?  
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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

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  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