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


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


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  



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


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.


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

Surviving September

I’m sure that most if not all of your would agree that September is the busiest month in the wedding industry and this past September was no exception! It was such a crazy month that it took me a month just to write this post. A videographer from one (of the four weddings I did last month) sent a sneak peek video, which gave me an opportunity to reflect on details that stood out to me and wanted to share them with you.

With almost every event comes some minor contingencies for which it’s hard to plan ahead. A member of the bridal parties’ dress ripped down the back just as we were inviting guests to dinner. I quickly delegated the task of going to the hotel and retrieving a new dress complete with matching shoes and clutch to a member of my team and no one was the wiser. This allowed the family member to relax and enjoy her dinner knowing that we were there and the problem was resolved. At another wedding a couple missed the shuttle to the reception and someone from my team offered to drive them to the venue, where they arrived with plenty of time to revel in cocktail hour. Thanks to my amazing team and personal experience, each wedding was a huge success in and of itself.

But what really stands out to me -one month after- are the following details. At one of the outdoor weddings I planned, I loved the one-of-a-kind open-air tent that was erected over the dance floor. This allowed guests to dance under a beautiful four-foot wide chandelier as well as the stars. Another couple numbered their dinning tables by years, which beard significance to them, i.e. the year they met, the year he proposed and the year they got married. And who could forget the dramatic walk down the aisle of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, followed by (much later, of course) a stage of ladies dancing to Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back”?

At Stacy McCain Event Planning, we strive to imagine and anticipate every little detail that could possibly go wrong at an event, yet things happen and it’s important to be flexible and roll with the punches.

video compliments of Artisan Production

Special Offer from Wedding Paper Divas!

We’re very excited to announce that we’re partnering with Wedding Paper Divas who have a very special treat exclusively for our readers. Today through June 1, enjoy a generous 25% discount at Wedding Paper Divas. (See bottom of post for fine print.) Who are Wedding Paper Divas? Read on to learn more and check out their beautiful work.

About Us:

Wedding Paper Divas is a stationery haven with an affinity for beautiful paper and fresh design. Today, Wedding Paper Divas is a member of the Shutterfly family of brands, which also includes Shutterfly, Tiny Prints and Treat.

We stand for high-quality stationery products and provide an abundance of exclusive beautiful designs that reflect a couple’s unique aesthetic. With a team of etiquette experts on-hand, Wedding Paper Divas offers advice and tips for all occasions, ensuring that the message is touching and tasteful every time.

What’s the concept behind Wedding Paper Divas?
Laura Ching co-founded Wedding Paper Divas in 2006. A more than frustrating experience trying to find her perfect wedding stationary in an antiquated stationery store in San Francisco inspired a marriage between her and two close friends in hopes of finding a more convenient, stylish and enjoyable way to shop for wedding stationery online. In her current role as VP of Merchandising and Chief Design Officer for Wedding Paper Divas, Laura’s mission is to bring fresh designs and style to customers through both the products and the overall look and feel of the website.  She brings fresh designs, etiquette advice, and style to customers through both the products and the website whether you’re planning your wedding “today” or “someday.” She looks to fashion, fabrics, interior design, travel and international cultures for inspiration, every day.

What sets you apart from other companies?

Unlike many other stationery companies, which simply provide an extensive, something-for-anyone offering, Wedding Paper Divas works with talented artists all over the country to translate the hottest new trends into perfectly unique products. We are proud to offer products from both seasoned veterans in the industry, as well as younger, fabulously talented designers. We have 60 different designers we work with at Wedding Paper Divas. Many of these up-and-coming designers are even making their debuts into online boutiques with us! Our designers have created stationery for many celebrity customers. We currently offer over 750 wedding invites.
– Created by top designers, every design is exclusive and cannot be found elsewhere
– Each product allows for extensive personalization, including wording, layout, font, size and color
– Continually releases new designs and collections – sometimes as many as 100 each month
– Process orders in as little as 2-3 business days
– More than invitations – including save-the-dates, place cards, menus, thank you cards and more
– Every order is reviewed and proofread by a client specialist, created a retouched by an in-house designer, and    reviewed by the quality assurance team, offering a true white-glove experience

How does the process work, start to finish?
We have a very easy personalization and preview process. It’s important to us that you get the chance to personalize and preview your invitations before ordering. You can let our suggested wording and layout guide you, or you can create a card entirely from scratch with the font types, sizes and colors of your choice. Either way, we’ll make sure your invitations are flawless, and you’ll be able to preview and approve the exact look prior to placing your order. With our powerful and easy-to-use tools, we’ve managed to make the personalization process just as carefree as it is convenient.

Social stationery can and should reflect your personal taste, so it may take a little time and effort for a discriminating customer to find the right design. We are committed to ensuring that you have all the information and support needed to help you pick the perfect design. That’s why so many of our products include professional photography, design descriptions and all of the intricate details you need to know about our luxurious, high quality paper.

{Image Details: Kraft Arrow/Marigold/Designed by Petite Alma; Signature White Textured Wedding Invitations/Floral Watercolor/Raspberry/Designed by Lady Jae; Signature Ecru Wedding Invitations/All the Roads/Black/Designed by Sycamore Street Press; Signature Ecru Wedding Invitations/Dappled Glade/Spring Green/Designed by: Lady Jae;
Signature White Textured Wedding Invitations/Indian Summer/Sunny Yellow/Designed by: Petite Alma}

Special Offer Details:  To redeem the exclusive 25% discount, please email for the code. This offer excludes letterpress, thermography and 3rd party products (i.e. custom stamps, embossers, photo books, gift certificates and calendars).  There is no minimum purchase required. Cannot be combined with any other offers. One time use per customer. Offer expires June 1, 2012 at 11:59 PM.

amanda + brett tie the knot: Durham Ranch Style

Amanda and Brett searched up and down Sonoma and Napa Valley for their ideal wedding location. They were looking for a venue that fit with their relaxed and down to earth personalities and Durham Ranch was the perfect solution. With a guest count of 100 of their closest family and friends they wanted to make their wedding a fun party for everyone to enjoy. Music played an important part of the evening and who could leave the dance floor with Edna Love and The Fat Tuesday Band on stage?














Wedding Photography: Kate Webber Photography  / Wedding Coordinator: Stacy McCain Event Planning / Venue & Caterer: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering / Flowers: Atelier Joya / Cake: Sweet On Cake / Music: Edna Love and The Fat Tuesday Band / Lighting & Sound: Got Light / Hair & Make-up: SHE Artists / Linens & Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Transportation: California Wine Tours

rain, rain go away

June 4, 2011 will forever be a date that no one in the event industry will soon forget. The skies above open-up and decided to play tricks on us throughout the day. Heather and Carol with Gertrude and Mabel Photography worked wonders, they were quick to get the shots just before a major downpour. Our amazing team of vendors made it our mission to make this the best and dry as can be day for Kim and Jeff. Rain boots, umbrellas, tent, check!

Wedding Photography: Heather and Carol for Gertrude & Mabel Photography / Wedding Coordinator: Stacy McCain Event Planning / Venue: Annadel Estate Winery / Caterer: Elaine Bell Catering / Flowers: Cherries / Cake: Sweet On Cake / Band: Notorious / Videography: Basico  / Lighting & Sound: Got Light / Hair & Make-up: Wendy Walter / Tent: Zephyr Tents / Linens:La Tavola / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Paper: Union Street Papery / Transportation: Pure Luxury  / Getaway Car: Classic Convertible Wine Tours