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!

((Montana))

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.

((Montana))

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?!

((Montana))

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!

((Montana))

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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katie + dan

Katie and Dan had a stunning beach wedding at the Four Seasons in Punta Mita, Mexico. Katie and Dan did it right. This sweet couple took all of their closest friends and family and had the most incredible celebration in Mexico.  Not only was their wedding picturesque, but it was filled with delicious food as well! The views were absolutely breathtaking, how could you not feel the love and romance in such an amazing place? Their wedding had beautiful accents of navy, blush and ivory that brought a little bit of sophistication to the beach. Also, how amazing to go on a once in a lifetime trip with your closest family and friends?!  

Beauty: BGorgeous | Hair + Make Up Schedule – Janelle & Kevin’s WeddingPhotography: The DeLauras | Venue, Bar, Catering: Four Seasons Hotel

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courtney + michael

Courtney and Michael are the type of people that you want to grab a beer with and stay life long friends. They are laid back and so so sweet…every planner’s dream. Their wedding was the epitome of modern elegance. It was held at the Crocker Art Museum in down town Sacramento. They had lots of black and gold accents making the space feel very sleek with pops of marsala that brought a feel of romance. There was an awesome clear tent that they were married under outside that we later flipped and made into their cool and swanky dance floor/lounge area. One of the main focal points was the gorgeous flowers that hung from the chandeliers above dinner. It was simply breathtaking.

Venue: Crocker Art Museum | Photographer: The Goodness | Caterer: The Supper Club | DJ: SJ’s Disc Jockey | Dessert: Palette Cakes | Favors: Sugar Bits | Florals: Bloomers Floral and Event Design | Paperie: The Goodness | Rentals: Forever Vintage Rentals and Celebrations Party Rentals | Transportation: Baja Limo and USA Valet Parking

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