Giving Thanks

It’s that time of year, when the leaves begin to change, we cozy up in blankets, and reflect on the things we hold near and dear to our hearts. The ladies of Alluring Events have A LOT to be thankful for. We are so thankful for you – our couples, clients, followers, friends, and all of the wonderful people we have had the privilege of sharing the year with.

Our couples have taken us on exciting adventures, standing in awe of the beauty of Tahoe, running through the vines of wine country in Napa, exploring Palm Springs and all of the beautiful venues in between. We love that we get to be more than just planners – we get to meet, listen, and learn from our couples and share in one of the most beautiful and special days. From the heartfelt emotion we’ve seen during the First Look, or the brilliantly choreographed dances from the bridal party, we are so thankful for all of the happy tears and belly laughs this year gave us. We are here because of you, and couldn’t be more grateful you chose us to stand by your side (or rather, watching in the wings), cheering for you on your wedding day.

We wish you a Thanksgiving week full of peace, gratitude, joy + delicious food!

(It’s not often you hear from us individually, but we would each like to share a few things that have warmed our hearts this year. So, without further ado…)

Aubrey – I am thankful for my family, friends, health + home. I am especially grateful for my girl tribe at Alluring Events. Surrounding myself with such kind + creative people gives me joy + recharges me. I am also thankful to finally be launching Grace + White Bridal in 2019! Also, I am grateful that we can finally watch the final season of Game of Thrones in a few months.

Rachele – This year I am very grateful for my friends + the tribe who surrounds me, they give unconditional support, strength + comfort. I am thankful for my puppy who brings so much joy (+ the best cuddles) and for a profession I genuinely love. I also feel especially grateful for my husband, who is the true definition of devotion. And bacon, I am definitely thankful for bacon.

Sarah – I am thankful for my children + husband + my extended family through Alluring who inspire you me every day. Of course, I am thankful for girl’s night filled with tons of laughter and for wine…always wine.

Lonnie – I’m thankful for relentless encouragement from my husband, fast and faithful friends + family, and my dancing feet. I never want to skip Thanksgiving altogether, but I’m also really thankful that Christmas is almost here — Santa is an old personal friend of mine, and I can’t wait to see him this year.

Kelsey – This year, I am incredibly thankful for this new opportunity with Alluring! I couldn’t ask for a better group of ladies to share this with. I am also thankful for my always incredible + supportive husband (who thinks I’m crazy + too OCD), my sweet doggo, Nola, who’s ready to snuggle with me every night, and jiu jitsu, for providing me a physical outlet to recharge (sorry for all the bruises and odd looks everyone!)….And wine, cannot forget the wine.

Amy – I am grateful for my cozy, safe home. For my incredibly loving family, (especially Baby BE) and my amazing friends. I’m grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to travel to beautiful places near and far this year, and for the connections I’ve created with so many amazing couples this year at Alluring. I’d also like to mention that I’m SUPER grateful for the amazing team of girls that makes Alluring’s wedding season so fun AND the late night Taco Bell drive-thru… #sorrynotsorry.

Kayleigh – I am thankful for my incredible and supportive husband, my amazingly sassy little girl, my new little baby-love arriving next month and my favorite cuddle partner, Bo Bear (my dog). I am so blessed to work with not only strong driven women, but some of the most kind genuine souls I’ve ever met. Oh, and I am also thankful that I can finally drink wine again next month. Cheers!

Lauren – I’m so thankful for my healthy, happy family. I’m thankful for my husband and our little boy, Lake.  I’m grateful I get to work in an industry with a brilliant team of girls who are passionate about what they do. Yay Alluring! And I’m so thankful I’m able to take time off as we welcome our new baby boy in a few months!

Montana – This year, the little moments fill my heart with gratitude. Whether it is making dinner with a friend, a good cup of coffee in the morning or a random act of kindness from the people I love, every day it is the small things that make me overwhelmingly grateful for my community.


The Alluring Events Ladies

Photo Credit: Katie Palin Photography

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melanie + sawyer

Location: Beltane Rance, Glen Ellen California

Wedding Style: Napa Valley, chic, classic, elegant, simplistic, sophisticated. Natural setting with green + white florals, vineyard surrounding the venue, working ranch

Melanie + Sawyer were married on one of the hottest days of the year. It was an unexpected heatwave that hadn’t been forecasted at all. It reached 113 degrees to be exact. Their venue was Beltane Ranch, a beautiful piece of property set amongst the vineyards in Glen Ellen, CA. It’s a working ranch that has been passed down from generation to generation. It’s authenticity is evident in every little detail around the property. Melanie was the epitome of a cool, calm collected bride, and Sawyer was the sweetest groom. They stayed just as sweet and calm even amongst the craziness of last minute time changes to try and beat some of the heat. We pushed the start time back by an hour, and every vendor was on board and so wonderful to work with! Melanie & Sawyer’s style for the day reflected their personalities: classic, sophisticated, and clean. We brought in Bliss Pops as a last minute vendor to serve delicious homemade popsicles to guests as they arrived. They were a hit to say the least! I loved working with Melanie & Sawyer!

Photography: Arnau Dubois Photography | Venue: Beltane Ranch | Dessert: Bliss Pops | Catering: Park Avenue Catering | Florals: Vanda Floral Design

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ashley + austin

Location: The Hyatt Incline Village, North Lake Tahoe

Wedding Style: A Spring wedding, lakeside with timeless details. The colors included blush, creams, sage and silver accents.

Ashley + Austin’s lakeside wedding was a sweet affair filled with their closest family and friends who spent the entire weekend together at The Hyatt Incline Village, how fun?!

The groom’s reaction during the first look brought all of us to tears. (You’d think we were immune to tears at this point, but we still cry – every time).

The day could not have been more lovely. The views during ceremony were beautiful and their sunset photos on the lake were stunning. Ashley and Austin were surrounded by the most wonderful group and their love for each other was obvious to everyone.

Photography: Sweet Marie Photography | Beauty: Makeup by Susie and Bridget Kasper | Video: Darin Reyes Productions | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Florals: Petal to the Metal | Signage: Shimmer and Stain | DJ: SJ’s Disc Jockey | Venue: The Hyatt at Incline Village

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katie + def

Location: Private Estate, Vacaville California

Wedding Style: An intimate + organic wedding filled with natural greens and crisp whites.

Katie + Def had a beautiful and extremely meaningful ceremony + al fresco dinner for 12 of their closest family members (including their two super cute boys).

As wedding planners we hear a LOT of vows, personally written, and beautifully read. Katie + Def’s were just that, they simply wow’ed us. Their vows were so sincere, heartfelt, authentic and intentional that they left a lasting effect on all of us. Those are the moments that make us extremely grateful for our jobs and honored to share in such intimate moments.

Not to mention the sweetest moment during the ceremony, right before the kiss, when Def asked the boy’s permission to kiss Katie. The boy’s giggly and joyful reaction was priceless!

The tablescape consisted of potted greens and succulents accented with natural elements like concrete and tin. Candles were mixed into the botanical centerpieces, and pops of pink were added into the bride’s bouquet to add a little fun. It was the loveliest day.

Photography: Alyssa Smith Photography | Bridal bouquet: Dixon Florist

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bringing the destination to you – Bali

Having a destination wedding is like a romantic dream. You imagine being in a foreign city, surrounded by jaw dropping scenery with all the people you love. While this sounds like an amazing idea, it just isn’t in the cards for everyone.

After one of our wedding planners returned home from a glamorous trip to Bali we got to thinking… How can we bring Bali to us? Now in this new series of upcoming blog posts, we will be giving you inspiration and ideas on how to bring in elements of a destination right at home!  Our first stop: Bali.

To transport your guests to Bali, you can add small tropical details and vibrant colors to make a big effect. Cocktail hour can consist of drinking out of coconuts and lounging in tents. Try incorporating bamboo chairs as well as palm leaves into the florals. Make your guests forget they actually only live 20 minutes down the road!

However, the most important part of a Bali wedding is to have a free spirit. The people of Bali are in the moment and care free, so maybe look into a wedding planner to make sure that you can sit back and enjoy your wedding day—Bali style!


Leaf Picture | Flower Picture | Ceremony Alter Picture


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rent the bridesmaid dress

Finding bridesmaids dresses can be a bit of headache. Trying to find the right style and fit for each lady at a reasonable price point can be difficult. There are usually lots of different opinions and personal styles…and let’s be completely honest, who actually reuses their bridesmaid dresses?! A great solution to this issue is Rent the Runway! There are a multitude of styles, colors and prices to please every bridesmaid! There are also many great package options that allow for consultations, group try-ons, fittings and much more.


Sequin Dress | Black + Gold Dress | Light Blue Dress


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grooms fashion: accessories

Wedding traditions have been around for ages, and while there are some truly wonderful ones, we now live in a much more fluid society where it’s ok to be unique and more personal. Welcome to 2018—where there are no rules and you have the freedom to have fun and express your unique love on your wedding day.

With that being said, men now have more freedom for attire and even to accessorize on the big day. While we always love a clean sleek black tux, it is also so much fun to see all the different colors, fabrics and accessories guys are choosing for their big day! Adding a hat, suspenders, pops of colors/patterns or a bolo tie is extremely fashionable and can really enhance the outfit. It adds a fun, expressive element to a traditional suit. Why should woman get to have all the fun?!


Brown Hat + Bolo Tie | Black Hat | Blue Suit + Jewel

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bridesmaids jumpsuits

I remember watching Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and thinking, how could one design look good on everybody? And then the jumpsuit came back in style! Now you don’t have to stress about finding ONE dress style that looks good on every lady in your bridal party. Jumpsuits are cute, trendy and flattering. Overall, this is a pretty magical trend that will make your girl squad look amazing!


Rose Jumpsuits | White Jumpsuits | Green Jumpsuits

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meet our new intern: montana

This is Montana but you can call her any of her nicknames: Tana, Monte, Montanny, Mo Mo, Tana Banana—you pick! She studied interior design in San Francisco and is now continuing her studies at Sacramento City College. She was interested in event planning because it combines her love for design and working with people. Montana is excited to watch all the designs and ideas she has in her head come to life!

When Montana is not with Alluring, you can most likely find her at her yoga studio. She has completed two yoga teacher trainings and tries to practice as much as her busy schedule allows her to. Montana also loves traveling the world with her family and best friends.

Montana will be taking our the Alluring blog posts for the next couple months so keep your eyes peeled for her fresh new ideas! We are so excited to have her as part of the Alluring team!

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