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2016 Event Trends

The New Year is right around the corner and it’s the perfect time to chat about 2016 Event Trends. We’ve seen events move towards more of an overall guest experience with lots of focus on the details (our favorites) and touching the five senses – smell, touch, taste, see and feel.

Farm to Table is here to stay and local sourcing is always my recommendation. The food is an area where you can have lots of fun with pairings, texture and presentation. Be mindful of food sensitivities and allergies. Fresh Ingredients – herbs, fruits, vegetables, free range and organic meats

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Food & Beverage Pairings
Think Charcuterie and artisan cheeses or chilled oyster bar paired with a fabulous Rose or Sauvignon Blanc…..ummm delish!!!

Buffets vs Food Stations
Buffet stations are a thing of the past. They never were really functional for serving a large number of people and someone always has a complaint or two (usually from the last table or two to be served). Food Stations create a more elegant and exciting culinary experience. Here is another opportunity to cultivate your design elements and bring them to life with themed stations: tapas, paella, sliders, Caesar salad in martini glasses….the ideas are limitless.
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Sweets & Treats
Let’s cut to the chase…..no, you don’t need a cake to server all 150 guests. I recommend a cake for 60 % of your guest count and fill in the rest with other dessert options. The macaron has surpasses the cupcake in 2015 and looks strong to head into 2016 as a crowd favorite. Other options include cookies, brownies, donuts and panna cotta
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The Bar
Let’s not forget how much fun there is to be had in creating your bar menu. In 2016, we are going to see event bars come full swing and a lot of classic cocktails.

Creative Mixology
Innovative recipes for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks with unusual combinations are still front runners. One of my favorites is a jalapeño peach martini.

Beer isn’t the only thing on tap
Mixed cocktails and wine on tap are definitely invited to the party in 2016. One of our favs is Define Wines.

Brown Spirits
Whiskey and Scotch are definitely more popular these days and not just for the fellas. Women & Whiskies is a great resource for women who enjoy whiskies and they host events all over.

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When it comes to trends, don’t be afraid to set a few of your own…..but pay attention to the details and all your senses, you’re guaranteed to enjoy the experience.

Have a fabulous day,



A San Francisco City Hall Wedding is a favorite for me….there’s something magical about the architecture and seeing so many people getting married. I’ve had ceremonies in all the spots – The Mayor’s Balcony, Fourth Floor North and South, The Grand Stairs and each one is just as beautiful.

For our most recent wedding, Meredith and Garrett came all the way from NYC to get married at San Francisco City Hall.  Originally both are from Tennessee, so their family and friends traveled here to be part of the festivities. We were blessed with gorgeous weather for the morning ceremony, followed by a champagne toast, trolley ride from Classic Cable Cars and lunch at Trou Normand.

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Thank you to a great team of creative partners,

Photography|Chloe Jackman Photography
Floral|Tango & Foxtrot
Cake|Café Madeleine
Hair & Make Up|Lena Chavez
Linen|LaTavola Fine Linen
Rentals|Bright Event Rentals
Transportation|Classic Cable Cars
Reception|Trou Normand
Planning & Design|Tamara J Events





Napa Destination Wedding – yes, please!!! That’s exactly what Tracy and Shawn said when they came to wine country to find the perfect location for their wedding. I showed them quite a few venues, all with their own unique aesthetic….but when we came to Sullivan Vineyards, we knew this was the winner.  The couple had recently moved from Atlanta to Canada for his job and the lush trees and setting reminded them of their beloved home in the ATL.  It also was a venue that was secluded, and sure to wow their guests.

The couple rented a private ranch for themselves and immediate family that served as wedding central. Rehearsal dinner was a good old fashioned Wisconson bbq with brats, sauerkraut and beer.  Guests traveled from all over the United States to share in Tracy and Shawn’s special day.

Here’s a peek:

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Special Thanks to our amazing Vendor Team

Planning & Design : Tamara J Events

Catering: Park Avenue Catering

Cake & Desserts: Sonoma Cake

Floral Design: Seasons Floral Design

Hair & Make Up: Bella Bridal Napa Valley

Photography: Sweetness and Light Photograpy

Entertainment: AMS DJ’s

Linen: Napa Valley Linen

Rentals: Bright Event Rentals

Have a fabulous day,





San Francisco Wedding Venue Tour – The Presidio Venue

One of my favorite parts of being a wedding planner and event designer is going to see venues and being inspired. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit venues at the San Francisco Presidio during their annual Open House. If you’re looking for your venue for your wedding, definitely consider some of the amazing spaces at the Presidio.

Here’s all the details for our fabulous day at the San Francisco Presidio:



Venues included:

The Presidio Officer’s Club

Golden Gate Club

Log Cabin

Observation Post

Presidio Social Club

SF Film Centre

Inn at The Presidio

Chapel of Our Lady

For more information about events at the Presidio:  visit www.presidio.gov

Photos courtesy of Olivia Smartt Photography

Have a fabulous day,