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!

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Meringue Trifle. Photo by the Cake Blogger Girls

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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!
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Get to know… Lindsay Jernegan of Frances Lane

This month we have the  pleasure of chatting with our friend Lindsay Jernegan of Frances Lane.  Lindsay is in the business of making all things pretty, especially when it comes to tabletop decor.  Our latest collab with Lindsay was at The Lab Event in San Francisco, and we are anxiously awaiting the day we’re able to work with her next!

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Name: Lindsay Jernegan

Company: Frances Lane

Started My Business: Fall 2012

Located: San Francisco / Bay Area

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Q: Which industry related tool can you not live without?

A: Epic cargo space in my car, which is invaluable for hauling our collections all over! And InDesign. I’d be totally lost without either.

Q: When you’re not on site at an event, what can we find you doing?

A: Binge watching my TV show du jour (currently: The Americans & Scandal) or spending quality time with my husband Bobby and our friends.

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Q: At which venue are you dying to work?

A: I’m so in love with the vibe at Dawn Ranch. It’s basically the California version of where Bobby & I got married, so it goes without saying I’d love to work there.

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Q: My go to snack is _________ .

A: Chocolate covered banana slices (if I’m being bad) or an avocado with hot sauce (if I’m being good).

Q: What is/are your guilty pleasure(s)?

A: US Weekly and donuts!

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Q: TV wise, what are you watching right now?

A: The list is embarrassingly long! In addition to The Americans & Scandal I’m also obsessed with Orphan Black, The Fall (I love you forever, Jamie Dornan) and Downton Abbey.

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Q: I can’t stand ________ .

A: Waiting. Patience is a virtue I’m still working on!

Q: What’s the last thing you purchased online?

A: A flight to Crescent City, CA to celebrate Bobby’s restaurant opening! (Oh yes, in addition to Frances Lane we’ve also got a brand new restaurant in the family. It’s called Porcini and serves up amazing, fresh, local food & craft beer, and it’s nestled smack dab between the ocean, the 101 and some giant redwood forests in way, way NorCal.)

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Q: Music wise, I am currently listening to _______ .

A: A borderline ridiculous amount of Beyonce, rounded out by Disclosure’s “Help me Lose My Mind” and Big Scary’s “Twin Rivers”.

Q: Favorite thing I currently have hanging in my closet is _______ .

A: The Emma Cook jumpsuit I wore to my BFF’s Palm Spring wedding last month.

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Q: What’s your favorite restaurant in the Bay Area?

A: Piccino! I mean, there are so many, but this one is hands down the winner. Bobby & I always, always sit at the Chef’s table. Best seat in any restaurant for us.

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Q: What do you love most about working with the Stacy McCain Event Planning team?

A: Stacy and her team are crazy organized (that gets you everywhere, in my book) and truly great collaborators. Good energy, creative ideas, and just super fun to be around which makes work feel, well, not like work at all!

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In case you missed it, be sure you Get To Know Julie Forsberg and Chris Neubauer of Yonder

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

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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

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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  

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

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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

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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.

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

Bridal Inspiration at the 2014 Academy Awards

Is it just us, or was the 2014 Oscars bursting at the seams with fabulous bridal inspiration!?  We loved seeing the stars walk the red carpet in beautiful shades of white, blush and beige.  The dresses were true stunners with so many textures and dazzling embellishments.  Below, we gathered our favorite dresses of the evening; some are demure while others are a bit more outrageous. With such a wide range of styles, you’re bound to find a favorite of your own!

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Photo courtesy Handbag

Kristen Bell in Cavalli

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Photo courtesy Pop Sugar

Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta

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Photo courtesy RSVP Shindig

Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Reem Acra

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Photo courtesy Fab Sugar

Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab

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Photo courtesy Huffington Post

Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé

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Photo courtesy Cambio

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace

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Photo courtesy Kitt Noir

Jessica Biel in Chanel Haute Couture

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Photo courtesy E Online

Guilina Rancic in Paolo Sebastian

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Photo courtesy That Fashion Chick

Kelly Osbourne in Badgley Mischka

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Photo courtesy E Online

Lady Gaga in Versace

Still in need of a fashion fix?  Check out our 2014 Grammy Awards Red Carpet Faves

2014 Grammy Awards Red Carpet Faves

The 2014 Grammy Awards featured some truly stunning red carpet ensembles this year. We saw a lot of sheer fabrics, chunky lace, texture and metallics, marked with the occasional pops of blues and reds. Stylistically, gowns were form fitting with plunging necklines, fitted bodices, mermaid trains and sheer overlays. For us, watching the red carpet arrivals was the most exciting part of the night, and we loved seeing what the stars brought to the table. Here are some standouts from the evening:

Beyonce wore a gown by Michael Costello

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Photo courtesy Atlanta Black Star

Alicia Keyes was electric in Armani Privé

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Photo courtesy Become Gorgeous

Pink was red hot in Johanna Johnson

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Photo courtesy Pop Crush

Taylor Swift sparkled in Gucci

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Photo Courtesy The Hollywood Reporter

Miranda Lambert turned heads in this sexy Pamella Roland gown

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Photo courtesy International Business Times

Guiliana Rancic was vibrant in a coral number by Alex Perry

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Photo courtesy News Australia

Katy Perry stuck a chord in a stunning Valentino dress

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Photo Courtesy Jones Magazine

Kelly Rowland left nothing to the imagination in a gown by Georges Chakra Couture

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Photo courtesy Republic Records

A pregnant Ciara glowed in Emilio Pucci

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Photo courtesy Cosmopolitan

And who could forget Pharell Williams’ Yogi Bear inspired hat? Heyyyyyyyy Boo Boo!

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Photo courtesy Teen Y

Now the real question is, would you dare to wear one of these dresses to a black tie event? (with the exception of Pharell’s hat, of course…)

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.
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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).
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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.
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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