Rustic Wedding

Last spring we were the event coordinators for a wedding here on the central coast in Templeton California!  Summer and I helped the bride and groom design, create flower arrangements and coordinate the big day.  Here are some pictures we hope you enjoy.


The bride loved succulents and had a picture of a bridal bouquet that she loved.  We got our inspiration from there and expanded.  An urn with a large bouquet was on each side of the door at the front of the aisle.

The boutonnieres and corsages were designed with succulents grown by the bride several months before the wedding, and the matron of honor carried a bouquet similar to the bride’s.

ImageThe bride walked down an aisle covered with rose petals.  The ceremony was in front of the hacienda under the trees.  The guests sat in a semicircle around the bride and groom.

ImageThe reception was in the back of the Hacienda overlooking the hills.  Cocktail tables with simple centerpieces were scattered around the patio.  We took three wine bottles, wrapped them with lace and green jute and filled them with roses and some fill.

ImageAppetizers and desserts were served after the wedding.  Brownies, cookies and wedding cake decorated the table under a pergola.  A chandelier hung over the table. Tara Stumph did a fabulous job with appetizers.  It was nothing short of spectacular!  Hostess du Jour designed the dessert buffet.


The cake was a work of art done by Amanda Craner.  The lace from the flower arrangements and succulents from the garden were used to decorate and the cake was displayed on the dessert table.  Flowers were arranged by Hostess du Jour.  Photos were taken by Summer Schmitz.  And the special moments were capture by Ryan Lee Films.

Thank you Jason and Lina for allowing us to be a part of your wedding.  It was so beautiful.  You both did a great job planning and designing your day.  It was a beautiful reflection of you both.  We wish you a lifetime of happiness and beauty.

Alice in Wonderland Wedding

Another fabulous opportunity to plan an event on the central coast!  What fun it was.


The wedding was held in a friend’s yard.  We built a pergola to frame the ceremony site, placed chairs and staked old windows into the ground to frame the back side.  The front side of the windows was white and the back side was painted purple.  Flowers were hung by ribbons in mason jars at different places on the windows.  The pergola was adorned with handfuls of fresh cut flowers and large twigs as well as a pink chandelier.

ImageHostess du Jour was in charge of designing and coordinating the event as well as designing and arranging the flowers.  Multi colored flowers were arranged in each centerpiece while the brides each had one single colored flower that matched their shoes.  The groomsmen’s boutonnieres and ties matched their partner.


The bride’s bouquet was a combination of all her bridesmaid’s flowers with a little Alice in Wonderland flair.  The centerpieces were a combination of multicolored bouquets in giant tea cups as well as tall vases wrapped in black and white wrapping paper.


The tables had white napkins creating the striped effect as well as multi colored lanterns hung over the whole reception.  PVC poles spray painted with black and white spirals held the wire over the whole reception.  Programs, favors and invites all had the Alice in Wonderland theme incorporated.


Food was provided by Auten Boy’s BBQ and Catering in Arroyo Grande.  Appetizers were served in the font lawn while the bride and groom took pictures.  Food was in the back with drinks and dancing.  Cakes were provided by KKs Bunt cakes in Arroyo Grande. Video of the ceremony and reception was done by Ryan Lee Video and photos were taken by J. Andrew Photography.

Thanks to everyone who helped, the day was a big success.  The bride and groom were beautiful.  Congratulations to the happy couple and thank you for letting us be a part of planning your big day!

Garden Wedding at Dana Powers House

My favorite pic from the whole day!

Our friends Loren and Courtney just got married on September 11, 2010.  Although we did not have anything to do with the planning or vision, except to recommend a vendor here and there, we must show off this wedding.  Courtney did an absolutely fabulous job coordinating her perfect wedding.  Her colors were brown and orange.  The day was elegant, tasteful, and beautiful.  Kudos to Courtney, a fellow lover of party planning.

Her vendors are as follows:

Venue: Dana Powers House, Nipomo CA

Flowers: Lori Boe Floral Design, Arroyo Grande CA

Dress: David’s Bridal

Hair & Make-up: Debra Angell, Los Osos CA

Tuxedo Rentals: A Heart’s Desire, San Luis Obispo CA

Caterer: Phoenix Fine Catering, San Luis Obispo CA

Cake: Windy City Cakery, Orcutt CA

Photographer: ME!!  Summer Schmitz, Nipomo CA

I am a second shooter for Amy Wellenkamp Photographers on the weekends.  I don’t usually shoot weddings on my own, but these two are my friends and I just couldn’t say no.  A big THANK YOU goes out to Amy though, she came out and helped me shoot the ceremony,  two photographers is always better than one.  Here are some photos I’d like to share with you.

Thank you Loren and Courtney Radis for allowing me to be a part of your beautiful day.  You are such a sweet and loving couple, so happy for you two!!


Engagement Party

Event planning has kept us busy!  Some friends of ours are newly engaged, and we planned an engagement party for them.  We invited friends and family to toast the new couple while we served dessert and wine.  The dessert was three different cakes:  Lemon cake with lemon curd filling, chocolate cake with vanilla cream filling and vanilla cake with triple berry filling.

We strung lights through the back yard lighting the way through the garden area and had several areas for seating.

Lanterns were strung around as well as several flower arrangements designed by Summer.

A simple banner was strung with ribbon in the party colors.

Congratulations to the happy couple!  May all your dreams come true!!

Beach Rehearsal Dinner

One of our latest events planned on the central coast was a rehearsal dinner.  The hostess hired us to plan the event, purchase the necessary elements and set the party up.  She came to us with the parameters that it was to be held at Avila Beach and she wanted all the food to be grilled on a stick or finger food.  The idea was simple but elegant.

Our inspiration were teal colored preserved orchids.  Summer found these online at  This site was a great find.  They have tons of great decor and crafts, but be prepared that what you save on the items themselves will be made up for in shipping.  We tied the napkins and silverware with a raffia bow and hot glued the orchids onto the raffia.

The plates were made of bamboo, purchased from  This site has many creative options for disposable plates and serving dishes.  We used their plates for two events we planned.  The plates were such great quality we ended up washing them to use again for another party.

Burlap table runners ran down white table cloths.  The center pieces were large vases with river rocks and shells in them.  We finished the center pieces off with the sticks people were to use to roast their food.

Finally, we marked off the area using the painted PVC poles from a previous event we planned.  We strung wire across the poles and hung small jam jars with wire handles by teal ribbon.  We made the jars from wire we had in stock.  We set the event up quite a bit earlier than people were going to show up so instead of using tea lights (two hour burn time) we put votive holders into the jam jars and used a full sized votive.  The hostess of the event had some lanterns and shepherd’s hooks from her wedding and we used those to mark a path from the stairs people would come down to the area for the party.

The food table was prepared with bamboo trays of food.  We used Summer’s big drink jars to serve smores.  We tied two graham cracker halves and a piece of chocolate with kitchen twine and put those in one jar and marshmallows in the other jar.

On the other end of the table was an apothecary jar with sand and shells in it.  We provided small scrolls of paper tied with teal ribbon for people to write a wish to the bride and groom.  The bride and groom took home the jar to read at their leisure and decorate their new home.

We had so much fun planning this event.  It was fun to create it and see it come into being.  Thanks Brittney for letting us be a part of your family’s special time.  We loved it!

Artistic and Reliable

We have been fortunate enough to work with the lovely Amanda Clardy, to help her with her wedding on the day of.  She’s is a super creative, ecclectic, and organized woman so she doen’t need us to plan her whole day.  Really, she just needs some man power on her big day, so that she can just enjoy herself.  We’ll be decorating, setting up the buffet and serving beverages.  We met with her yesterday and she said the sweetest thing.  She said that she need to have someone there who was both artistic and reliable.  That way she’ll know that without her around, her vision will come to fruition.

A big thank you to Amanda, for this super fun opportunity.  We’re really excited about your big day!