If you have worked Amy you know what a joy she is + how much experience she brings! Amy has contributed so much to our team; compassion, expertise, warmth, creativity, efficiency, + skill. She adds so much value to lives, we just love + adore her!
Amy has been planning events with Alluring since 2016. Born to restauranteurs – planning, entertaining and connecting with people are part of Amy’s makeup. She has a passion for all things hospitality, creating magical experiences and seamless event execution. In addition to the proactive planning, she’s always willing to roll up her sleeves, and do whatever it takes to ensure that her couples are stress-free and excited for their special day. She’s also especially good at tapping into her creative side, and designing the perfect elements to match her client’s vision.
A few fun things about Amy… Her family means the world to her, friendships are kept near and dear, cooking has a special place in her heart + she is a sea & salty-air junky. She also loves Yoga, all things Anthro, LaCroix, Apple TV, all-the-cheese, Spotify playlists, classic novels, fresh-cut flowers, tiki bars, burritos, and sleeping in (who doesn’t?!).
If you are lucky enough to have Amy as your planner, or work along side her at an event, you are truly lucky and in for an amazing day!
Our lovely summer intern, Molly, has some design inspiration for you! Her beautiful design board is below along with her vision for the perfect wedding day…
“The design board I created for a dream wedding has a very similar color palette and vibe to my own wedding, however, mine took place in a vineyard, as opposed to a garden. I loved our vineyard reception; it made for beautiful photographs and accommodated our large crowd, but I LOVE the idea of a serene, private garden for a wedding, it seems so charming – almost magical.
For my dream spring garden wedding, I chose dusty blue and greenery paired with neutrals to evoke the classic romanticism and elegance you’d feel in an English garden, or get from Jane Austen novel (my personal favorite). I also opted for lush, organically arranged floral elements to complement the natural environment of the venue and elicit a sense of abundance. String lights hanging above the wooden tables, chairs, and dance floor – all set on grass – help to make the reception seem enchanted and timeless.”
Happy (finally) Summer! We are continuing with our introductions! It has been a while since you have seen the sweet faces of our team, so today we are sharing fun facts about Aubrey, our fearless leader. For those that don’t know, Aubrey is the glue that holds this crew together, she is everyone’s confidant, Momma bear, boss lady and one of the most giving and sincere people you will ever meet. Believe us when we say she works harder than anyone we know!
Aubrey is the founder and CEO of Alluring Events + Design. She has hundreds of weddings and special events under her belt, and has seen it all! As a result, her event philosophy is based on trust, and open + honest communication with her clients. Aubrey’s planning style is focused on creating a seamless process, allowing her couples to relax and enjoy their special day. Her dedication and attention to detail shows in everything she does. She truly treats every wedding as if it were her own, and dedicates herself fully and whole heartedly to her couples! (Trust us, she is the BEST of the best).
Aubrey loves her Macbook, traveling, Nordstrom, Audible, pasta, rainy days, In-N-Out-Burger, the beach, farmers markets, baseball, Friends re-runs, Starbucks, picnics, lazy Sundays and cooking.
Time flies! It has been a while since we have introduced our team and shared a bit about each planner, so over the next few months we are going to highlight our planners and give you a glimpse into their life, both professional and personal! Along with some fun facts about each of our girls, we are going to share the beautiful details and photos from our latest head shot photo shoot!
First up, we have everyone’s favorite girl – Lonnie! If you’ve met Lonnie you know exactly why she’s everyone’s favorite. Lonnie brings joy wherever she goes and has a magical way of making everyone feel special. Lonnie joined the Alluring team in 2016 and hasn’t slowed down since. She hails from the Heart of Dixie and has a deep love for old hollywood romances. When it comes to Lonnie’s wedding philosophy she knows that weddings are not only about the couple, but about bringing together family, and close friends for the most beautiful and amazing celebration of love. From the flowers to the getaway car Lonnie is all about the details! She thrives on bringing all of the fine points together to create a day that is unique to each couple. At the end of the day, she will replace your stress with laughter and leave you with a smile on your face.
Lonnie loves sweet tea, traveling, Vino, Christmas, Jesus, proteas, polaroid pictures, Bob Dylan, happy Hour, laughing and hand written letters. Fun fact about Lonnie… when we say she loves Christmas we REALLY mean she LOVES Christmas! Lonnie can be found listening to Christmas music in her car all year long and watches Christmas movies all summer. If you ask Lonnie how many days until Christmas we bet she can tell you – try it out!
We all know weddings can be a little stressful. And, more importantly — we know that listing every detail on your invitations can be time consuming. You want your guests to show up to your amazing day, but you also want to make sure they get every piece of information needed. So, how do you make sure you get all of the information to your guests + from your guests?
There is a long list of things you already know TO DO…but here are a few things we will caution you NOT to do (+ an extra tip or two to make your life easier)
– Do NOT tell your guests that your Ceremony will begin 30 minutes sooner than it actually does. We understand why you may think this is a smart idea (because it will ensure everyone is on time), but, it actually creates more chaos. While you are trying to have a private First Look, your guests may end up wandering right into it! Guests typically know to arrive earlier than the ceremony time, so if you try and trick them, they may show up over an hour prior to ceremony and have to wait around for a very long time, with nowhere to go, wondering why you are starting ‘late’ and why they are waiting so long. You also don’t want your guests seeing all of the last minute touches and final set up taking place!
– Do not forget to put how many seats you are allotting on your RSVP card. If you are providing your guests with a plus one, don’t forget to mention that you have “Reserved 2 seats in their name.” Or, if you do not want your friends to bring all five of their adorable children, make sure to also list that you have only reserved two seats in their honor.
– Do not forget to put the RSVP by date on your invitation. It is very important to ask all of your guests to reply at least six weeks before your wedding date. This will give you, your venue, and your amazing vendor team plenty of time to get all of those final counts in and give you some clarity on who you will be dancing the night away with on the dance floor.
– If you need to know specific meal selections for each guest, make sure it’s clear which guest is having each selection. On your RSVP card, ask guests to either write their name or initial beside their meal selection, or have a designated spot for each guest to write in their beef, fish, or veggie preference + their name.
– Will you have a shuttle transporting guests? If so, we strongly recommend a Shuttle RSVP card! This will make sure you know the exact number of guests on each shuttle, how large of a shuttle you will actually need, and it will give you the opportunity to tell those specific guests the shuttle drop off + pick up times and locations.
– An information card. You want your invitations to be beautiful, simple, and reflect the style of your wedding. Therefore, don’t try and cram all detail info on your invitation. Let your invitation remain clutter free, and add a detail card into the suite. The detail card can contain all of the information above, or simply direct guests to your wedding website where all information is listed for them.
Nicole and Justin had the most gorgeous + perfect fall wedding at Park Winters. Nicole had a very clear vision for her design. She chose lush green garlands that draped the rustic farm tables with beautiful floral accents, intermingled by the Blonde Bouquet. Blush runners, gold table numbers, and floral touches brought in romantic pops of color. All of their guests held sparklers as Nicole and Justin danced their first dance as husband and wife. The festivities continued into the night as guests danced and celebrated the sweetest couple.
Janelle + Kevin’s number one priority was hosting a fun party for all of their guests, and they absolutely achieved it! The Claremont Hotel, in Berkeley, hosted their incredible celebration, and was the perfect place for their entire family to spend the weekend together. Their guests enjoyed live music from the band Hip Service, not to mention lots of flowing drinks and delicious food – including a sushi bar! It was a beautiful day full of sunshine, friends + family and the cutest little flower girls and ring bearers. Shades of pink could be found in all of the decor, including their adorable flamingo cake topper! If you’ve never seen a flamingo wear a top hat, now is your chance! One of our favorite elements of their day + the venue were all of the pops of color and patterns that can see seen in their photos, taken by the lovely Green Vintage Photography.
Mathilde and Cyril are perhaps one of the most fun and creative couples we have had the pleasure of meeting.
Mathilde, our lovely bride, designed an entire seating chart with a Lego board, complete with each guest, table, and chair – thats right, we said a Lego board, and it was awesome! Each guest had their own Lego person that went with them to their seat and attached to the place card at their table. Here’s the kicker – each Lego person was personalized and unique to every individual guest…whether it was their hair color, hobby, profession, or physical characteristics, each Lego figure was a work of art.
The creativity didn’t stop there, their bridesmaids and groomsmen all performed skits instead of toasts, complete with outfit changes. It was SO MUCH FUN to watch, and the most amazing tribute to the couple.
The music, laughter, and dancing extended well into the night, and we hope the joy and laughter continue on for ages to come! Wishing you all the best, Mathilde + Cyril!
Wedding Style: Romantic summer wedding in Napa Valley, with a whimsical outdoor ambiance. The colors were primarily whites & greens, with hints of blush accents.
If there was an award for best First Look – Frances + Marcus would win! Hands down. It was the sweetest, most heartfelt first look we’ve ever witnessed. From the way Frankie portrayed beauty and elegance, to the way that Marcus literally fell to his knees when he saw her, it was perfect. Every part of it. And it truly summed them up as a couple.
Throughout the entire planning process, their love for one another was beyond evident. It was so special to watch it all come to fruition on the wedding day. The best part was that bride and groom were equally involved in planning!
When they had their first dance underneath the market lights it was as if everyone around them faded away. You could see that they were genuinely wrapped up in their own world.
They were married in August, at Silverado Resort in Napa Valley. Their ceremony was held underneath beautiful trees that created an arch over them, and the reception was in the courtyard underneath the market lights, making for an intimate ambiance. Bellanozze, the florist for the day, put together beautiful arrangements that complimented their design. One of the standout decor pieces was their custom acrylic seating chart, created by the insanely talented Ashlee of Chalk & Design.
Frances & Marcus were surrounded by an amazing group of loving, supportive friends and family; making for one of the sweetest weddings. Definitely the Napa wedding of their dreams.
Location: Nevada Beach Campground (Ceremony) + The Coachman Hotel (Reception); Zephyr Cove + South Lake Tahoe
Wedding Style: Boho Tahoe Wedding, dark tones with shades of deep purple + navy + blush
Molly is that bride that you want to stay best friends with for life. With a love for fashion and design, we were able to work together to create a design that was both Boho and true to who they were as a couple. South Lake Tahoe was the perfect location for their destination wedding. Why keep all of your guests indoors when you can experience the true beauty of nature? Molly and Ian decided to have their ceremony at the Nevada Beach Campground, with the most breathtaking views.
Their handwritten vows were spoken alongside all of the natural elements surrounding them: the crystal clear Lake Tahoe + the majestic mountains in the background.
One of the most unique aspects was their “ring warming ceremony” where their rings were passed from guest to guest, touching every friend and family member so that Molly and Ian could keep their love and blessings with them wherever they went.
The wedding festivities continued on for an enchanting evening at the Coachman Hotel. Deep shades of purple and navy with accents of blush lined the tables and filled Molly’s lush bouquet. Even though there may have been a chill in the air, everyone stayed cozy with blankets, the warm glow of the fire pits, and delicious s’more bar.
One of our favorite design elements for their wedding were the colorful mix of patterned Bohemian rugs we found for their dance floor. Molly and Ian – you are the most amazing couple, and Molly, you are still one of our favorite people of all time.