Mike & Allie | Twenty Five Lusk, San Francisco

Mike and Allie (also known as the dynamic duo, Mookie and Chippie!) were married on October 26th, 2014 in San Francisco.

Mike and Allie’s big day was all about them and the great city by the bay, SF. Their stationery incorporated artwork of the San Francisco skyline and the foggy city’s favorite bridge. Their wedding day also happened to be a victorious night for the San Francisco Giants, when they won Game 5 of the 2014 World Series ;) . Mike and Allie’s sense of humor not only made them an absolute pleasure to work with, but was clearly a feature of their big day. From asking their guests to “Save the Date: FOR WEDDING DOMINATION” (complete with alligator), to their wedding day stationery including a "GET WITH THE PROGRAM" wedding program, and a he said/she said game with a twist.

Their nuptials were held at the Congregation Sherith Israel. The details on the ceiling were a sight to see! Guests embarked on trolleys from the ceremony to the reception, both venues so very “SF” in their own way. Guests arrived at the sleek 25 Lusk restaurant greeted by a glass of Brut Rose, they filled out wed-libs, and enjoyed tasty treats until Mike + Allie joined the crowd in the festivities! The remainder of the night guests enjoyed a full bar, plenty of exquisite cuisine, a croquembouche that wasn't only beautiful, but tasted just as incredible as it looked! Then they danced the night away with the newlyweds, before taking home their homemade harissa favors (made scrumptious and spicy with a mother’s love)! Jen (aka J-Dub) from J. Wiley Photography (who trucked up the coast to SF from Los Angeles, CA) captured every moment and detail absolutely perfectly! Enjoy!

Ceremony location: Congregation Sherith Israel | Officiant: Barry Cohen | Reception venue + Catering + Dessert: 25 Lusk | Photography: J. Wiley PhotographyWedding Planning + Coordination: Heald Wedding Consulting |  FloralThe Floral ShopDJ: DJ Remeddy | Videography: Dave White (super rockin friend) | Shuttling: Classic Cable Car SightseeingBauer’s Intelligent Transportation | Make-up: Make-Up Registry (Mary Sanchez) | Hair: 383 Showroom Salon (Sloan Levesque & Brittany Stone) | Dance Floor RentalClassic Party Rentals (San Francisco)

Dominique & Julien | Riversbend Retreat Center, Philo, CA


Dominique (“Nique”) and Julien’s wedding was SUCH an incredible day to be a part of. I loved getting to know the two of them throughout the planning process. Nique, my fellow spreadsheet and organizing enthusiast, will always have a special place in my heart! ; )

Not only are they a super sweet and fun couple, they are surrounded family and friends are just as kind and friendly. Their big day was certainly an extension of that – so many elements were created by family and friends: the arch they were married under made by Nique’s brother, hanging wood succulent containers also created by her brother, family and friends singing along with the jazz band during cocktail hour, hand crafted garland and other décor, Nique wore a redesigned version of her mom’s wedding gown while her dad performed their ceremony in English AND French, and through it all, two of their photographer-friends captured the entire day. A truly beautiful celebration!

Their weekend fête took place at River’s Bend in Philo, where many of their guests stayed and enjoyed the site as well as the surrounding Mendocino County wineries and dining.

One of my most memorable moments of the evening: watching Nique and her brother perform to Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” as they used to do as kids. Let’s just say it was an awesome routine I won’t soon forget!

Their wedding was featured in SF Gate! Read more about this incredible couple and their wedding day here: http://www.sfgate.com/style/unionsquared/article/Couple-make-a-French-connection-in-the-East-Bay-6067204.php?cmpid=twitter-mobile

Check out Dominique and Julien's review on yelp!

Venue and Catering: Riversbend Retreat Center | www.riversbendretreat.org

Ceremony and Cocktail hour musicians: Dorian May Jazz Quartet 

DJ: Ben | benjaminfarren@yahoo.com

Photographers: Friends of the Bride and Groom | Jorge Novoa & Jeremie Fremaux

Florist: Margaret Hoog |  margarethoog123@gmail.com

Desserts: Coq Au Vin | http://www.yelp.com/biz/coq-au-vin-philo

Rentals: Fort Bragg Rental | http://www.fortbraggrentall.com

Jennifer & Fred | Richmond Yacht Club|Richmond, CA


Jennifer and Fred were married at The Richmond Yacht Club where they spend much of their time. So when it came to choosing a venue for their big day, there really was no other choice. They had a deep connection to the location, which made it the perfect place for them to tie the knot! It clearly made the perfect setting, the weather was unbelievable, and the view was absolutely perfect! All of their friends and family gathered on the lower deck to see the couple make it official, then transitioned up to the hall where they were greeted with the bride and grooms signature drinks and a plethora of stationed appetizers themed perfectly to the occasion! Mahalo!

Ceremony + Reception Venue (catering also provided in house): Richmond Yacht Club | http://www.richmondyc.org/

Entertainment: Hiram Bell | http://hirambell.net/

Photographer: Rebecca Hinden | http://www.rebeccaweddings.com/

Florist: DIY + SOMA Flowers

Dessert: Maria’s Gourmet Pastries | http://www.mariasgourmetpastries.biz/

Hair and Make-up: Annette Macfie | http://www.ahairnet.com/

Linens: BBJ Linens | http://www.bbjlinen.com/

Draping + Rentals: Hartmann Studios | http://www.hartmannstudiosproductions.com/

HWC assistants: Brittany + Max!

Amy & Tommy | Still Water Vineyards, Paso Robles, CA

Amy and Tommy were married at the incredible Still Water Vineyards, in Paso Robles, CA! Photography by the most amazing Emma at Shadowing Lights Photography. It was a beautifully emotional day that we were so incredibly honored to be a part of! Enjoy!

Venue: Still Water Vineyards | www.stillwatersvineyards.com

Photography: Shadowing Lights | http://shadowinglights.com/

Wedding Coordination: Heald Wedding Consulting | http://healdweddingconsulting.com/

Floral: Sprigs Floral Design| http://www.sprigsfloraldesigns.com/

DJ: Modern Symphony | http://www.modernsymphony.net/

Make-up: The Wearhouse |805-835-3330

Hair: Cindy Coryell |951-415-1877

Wedding Cake: Splash Cafe | http://www.splashcafe.com/

Catering: Stein's BBQ | http://www.steinscatering.com/

Rentals: Central Coast Tent and Party | http://centralcoasttent.com/

Linens: BBJ | http://www.bbjlinen.com/

Formal Wear: Friar Tux Shops | https://www.friartux.com/

Kelsey & Blaine | Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, St. Helena, CA

I could tell from my first call with Kelsey, her and I would get along well! I enjoyed every minute of helping this amazing couple plan their big day, and seeing it all come together. Between Kelsey, Blaine, and Dianne (mother of the bride) you really couldn't get a better family to work with!

To them, the most important aspect of the weekend was to make sure their friends and family had an incredible time! With no shortage of amazing food, beverages (I mean we are at the CIA!), and incredible setting that is certainly what transpired! Celebrating with family and friends was at the very heart of this wedding. I can't say how incredibly refreshing that was to us!

We spent an incredible year working with Kelsey to make the wedding day look and feel the way she imagined. She was the most pleasant bride to work with! If she liked something she said so, and we moved on and built/created from there. From the custom designed paper products that Melissa created (are you swooning over them? because I know I still am), to the tented terrace with custom made wine barrel ring chandeliers (created by us here at HWC!), to the perfect bouquets and floral accents to compliment the grey/blue/neutral color scheme we picked out (created by Vanda Floral Design). But my very favorite had to be Kelsey's incredible reception dress! It was GORGEOUS (did you see the back!). We were so thrilled with the way all of the details came together in the end. Each and every vendor made it possible, and we can't thank them enough! The very best part was watching Kelsey and Blaine enjoy every moment of their wedding with their family and friends, dancing the night away. Blue Breeze Band rocked the house (or barrel room if you want to be technical)!

We spent the day with an amazingly talented vendor team! Julie Cahill Photography took the amazing shots you see here, and helped capture every important moment shared. See the wedding video captured by the amazing Rain Studios by clicking the link! The Culinary Institute of America and Greystone created the perfect backdrop for their celebration, following their nuptials at The St. Helena Catholic Church. It doesn't get better than this! Find the full vendor list below!


See Kelsey and Blaine's Wedding Video here! K&B wedding video!

Ceremony Venue (catering and desserts): St. Helena Catholic Church

Ceremony Musicians: Corelli Strings | www.corellitrios.com

Reception Location: Culinary Institute of America at Greystone |  www.ciachef.edu 

Photographer: Julie Cahill Photography | www.juliecahillphotography.com

Videographer: Rain Studios | www.rainstudios.com

Florist: Vanda Floral Design | www.vandafloral.com

Cocktail hour trio/Reception Band: Blue Breeze Band | http://www.bluebreezeband.com/ 

Alterations: Heidi Johnson | http://www.yelp.com/biz/heidi-johnson-wedding-de-tailor-napa

Shuttling: Pure Luxury Transportation | http://www.pureluxury.com/contact/

Hair and Make-up: The Powder Room | www.sonomacountryweddingmakeup.com/ www.itsadate.biz (Mary Beleui, Sheila, Mazie)

Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | http://brightrentals.com/

Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | https://latavolalinen.com/

Lounge seating/back bars: AFR | www.afrevents.com 

Accent tables: Encore | http://www.encoreeventsrentals.com/ 

Lighting and Draping: The Luxe | http://thelux.com/index.php/about/

Invitation Printer: Frye's Printing | http://fryesprinting.com/

Paper Designer: Vanilla Piece of Pie | Melissa Bonilla | 707-849-2359

Brides getting ready location: Hotel YountvilleWWW.HOTELYOUNTVILLE.COM 

Grooms getting ready location: Villagio | http://villagio.com/ 

HWC assistants: Katie, Sabrina, and Max!

Giselle & Patrick | Croad Vineyard and Inn, Paso Robles, CA


Photography: Vita-Bella Photography| http://www.vita-bellaphotography.com/

Venue: Croad Vineyard and Inn | http://www.croadvineyards.com/ 

Flowers: Bloomers | http://www.bloomersdesign.com/

Cake: Cake Cathedral | http://cakecathedral.com/index2.php

Rentals: All About Events | http://allaboutevents.com/

Catering: Chef Charlie | http://www.yelp.com/biz/catering-by-chef-charlie-atascadero


Pam & Ryan | Brazilian Room, Berkeley, CA

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Photography &  Photo-booth by Nicole Blumberg Photography | http://blog.nicoleblumberg.com/

Venue: Brazilian Room, Berkeley, CA | http://www.ebparks.org/activities/corpfamily/br

Florist: Natalie at Belle Flowers | www.belle-flower.com

Hair & Make-up: Teresa Reynolds

Videography: Graham King | http://www.finalframe.com/

Rentals: Class Party Party | www.classicpartyrentals.com

Grooms cake: Initicing Creations | http://www.inticingcreations.com/hello/

Wedding cake: Masses Pastries | http://www.massespastries.com/Home.html

Ceremony & Cocktail music: Corelli Strings | http://www.corellitrios.com/Welcome.html

Megan & Jay | Long Meadow Ranch- Farmstead, St. Helena, CA


Photography by the always amazing Emma at Shadowing Lights Photography; http://shadowinglights.com/

Venue & Catering & Cake provided by Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch; http://www.longmeadowranch.com/Farmstead-Restaurant

Florals by Centerpiece Napa Valley

Hair & Make-up by The Gallery; http://www.thegallerywaterfrontsalon.com/


Kayla & Neil | Windfall Farms, Paso Robles, CA

Photography by Amanda at Hearts & Horseshoes Photography; http://heartsandhorseshoes.com/

Venue, Stallion Barn at Windfall Farms; http://www.windfallfarms.net/

Catereing by Haute Catering; http://hautecatering.com/

Hair & Make-up by Lovely Chic Weddings; http://lovelychicwedding.com/ 

Pies by Linn's;  http://www.linnsfruitbin.com/

Rentals & string lighting provided by All About Events; http://allaboutevents.com/

DJ Bob at Phase 1; http://www.p1dj.com/

Erica & Michael | V6 Ranch, Parkfield, CA

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Photography by rockstar Leanna at Looking Glass Photography; http://mylookingglassphoto.com/

Venue & Catering by V6 Ranch in Parkfield, CA; http://www.parkfield.com/

Florals by Country Florist; http://www.countryfloristandgift.com/

Rockin DJ Tim from Laptop Symphony; http://laptopsymphonyent.com 

Dessert by Kim at Le Dolce Vita


Katie & Justin|Golden Gate Club, San Francisco, CA

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Photography by the always fantastic Hewitt Photography; http://www.hewittphotography.com/

Location, Golden Gate Club, San Francisco, CA; http://www.presidio.gov/venues/Pages/Golden-Gate-Club.aspx

Floral and Event Design by Anna at Loop Event Arts in collaboration with Baylor at Lila B Designs; http://www.loopflowers.comhttp://lilabdesign.com/

Rentals & lighting provided by Hartmann Studios; http://hartmannstudiosrentals.com/pages/view

Catering provided by California Rose; http://www.californiarose.com/

Guest book & double happiness display piece by none other than us here at HWC!

Sarah & Mike | Sylvan Manor, Angwin, CA

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Photography by the amazing Patricia & Mark of Patricia Mark Photography; http://www.patmarkphoto.com/

Location; Sylvan Manor Estate, Angwin, CA

Bouquets & Corsages by Erica at EV Floral Design; http://evfloraldesign.com/

Rentals by Wine Country Party & Events; http://www.winecountryparty.com/

Make-up by Jocelyn at Bella Bridal; http://www.bellabridalnv.com/

Catering provided by Frontier BBQ

Doreen & Daniel | Windfall Farms, Paso Robles, CA


Doreen and Daniel were one of the many fun couples I was honored to work with this year. But what stood out about these two, was how they let their wedding day reflect them. From handing out engraved flasks, to dancing down the aisle (even in between all the rows off guests) they made each and every moment reflect them as a couple. This is what I wish for all of my couples! It made a memorable day, absolutely unforgettable, not only to themselves, but all their family and friends there to celebrate with them.

I will never forget their awesomeness! Congrats to you both!

DORNAM forever!

This amazing couple and their group of family and friends, was undoubtedly one of the funnest weddings I have ever been a part of! They really know how to celebrate! You could feel all the joy and happiness that everyone felt for them. I love being able to say I was part of such an incredible day for these two amazing people!


Their love seemed to grow with each passing moment. The way they shared moments together, you could see how deeply passionate and in love they were with each other. It was a wedding to remember, filled with more memorable moments in the hours of the wedding then some people have in a lifetime!

Not only were Doreen and Daniel amazing, but I had the pleasure to work with such an incredible group of vendors! Jake and Necia were incredible in every way possible. I can't say enough great things about them. I highly, recommend them to my couples getting married on the Central Coast! Rain Studios who provided the Videography was also incredible to work with! Fantastic personalities, and amazing work (see link below)! This group of vendors were super stars all the way from hair and make-up to Jesse who completely rocked out the night!

SEE DOREEN AND DANIEL's AWESOME WEDDING CELEBRATION HERE: http://www.rain-studios.com/blog/?p=548

Wedding Coordination by Cristina Heald, at Heald Wedding Consulting; http://healdweddingconsulting.com/ 

Visit the awesome photographers Jake and Necia at Jake + Necia: http://www.jakeandnecia.com/

Videographer: http://www.rain-studios.com/

Jesse at Dart DJ's rocked the party: http://www.dart-dj.com/

Florist: Bloomers Design: http://www.bloomersdesign.com/

Rabbi: Janice Mehring: 805.610.9532,  http://www.myrabbisings.com/

Venue: http://www.windfallfarms.net/

Pies: www.linnsfruitbin.com

Hair and Make-up: Lovely Chic: http://lovelychicwedding.com/home.html

Rentals: All About Events: www.allaboutevents.com

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If you’re thinking about hiring a Wedding Coordinator in the Northern California and Central Coast areas, be sure to check out our website for packaging, pricing, and to set-up your FREE consultation! http://www.healdweddingconsulting.com/

Happy Planning! Love HWC!


Wedding Vendor Costs & Running a Small Business

Josa_and_Jeff_Candids-0263 Before reading this I want to be clear that this is not about ranting, complaining, or proving a point. It is really geared towards educating couples searching for wedding vendors on why our prices may be more than they are expecting to pay. And what it takes to run a small business. Most people have no idea what running a small business really takes. And how are they suppose to? Because you don't have to, so how would you know! So I truly hope this helps couples searching for wedding vendors realize why the cost may be higher than they were anticipating. Also, keep in mind these items are geared towards my company, each vendor you contact will have different expenses and inclusions, which will affect their prices. Not each is the same. We all try to innovate and be unique so that our companies stand out from one another.

Unfortunately, we as an industry have been hit with some pretty big stereo types. Different vendors get hit with each of their own, wedding coordinators the same. But the biggest is directed as a whole; "Weddings cost more, simply because the word wedding is involved". I am not saying some vendors don't charge more than others. Because we all try to base our pricing off of how we evaluate the value of our work individually. Let's look into a few factors: (does this clearly state that weddings don't cost more just because they are weddings? Or should it be elaborated more?)

  • Most wedding vendors (including myself) are self-employed. What does that mean?Then there is the time we dedicate to running the business: How did you come across your wedding vendors? Did you find them on a website? Did you hear from word of mouth? Did another vendor refer them to you? Did you see them on Facebook? Pinterest? Twitter? Google +? Guess what? You find us, because we spend many hours every day, week, month,  and year to get us out there to be heard, seen, and found. Those hours we spend  at things such as networking events, managing online presence; such as website information, blogging, posting on all those fabulous social media sites that you get all of your amazing decoration, and organization ideas from. We don't just show up on there, and we don't get paid for the time we spend getting ourselves visible. We do all these things, in hopes that you find us, or hear about us.  Then spend the time sending you quotes, and talking on the phone answering questions, or meeting in person at consultations, hoping to get the honor to work with you.  Each and every wedding vendor you talk and work with, are doing exactly that. Every day! Because we absolutely love helping couples relax and celebrate their wedding day the way they should be.
  • Well, we pay for everything ourselves. Every year my expenses include:
    • Business licenses
    • Insurance; business, health, and dental
    • Web hosting/maintenance
    • Advertising
    • Each and every wedding has an expense of their own- from notebooks, supplies, paperwork, etc.
    • HWC specifically has an inventory that needs to be maintained and expanded
    • Education; such as Conferences, webinars, etc.
    • Office expenses (even vendors who work from home have significant office expenses!)
    • Equipment upkeep and maintenence
    • Blogging/Social Media Management materials
    • Legal advice
    • Taxes
    • Tax advice/assistance
  • Let's talk about more time: How does your wedding vendor know all that information? Because let me tell you, we know a ton when it comes to weddings and our clients can attest to that! And we learn more and more every year. Well, some is experience of-course, webinars, reading, and continually educating ourselves in every aspect of the industry. New wedding trends, better ways to coordinate a time-line, better ways to logistically coordinate shuttling, more, and more ways to save you money. And guess what? We still aren't making any money yet. We are just growing our knowledge so that when you come to us, we can give you the great advice and feedback you deserve.
  • PHEW!We are finally at the wedding coordinating part: Now we spend all that time helping you coordinate, organize, plan, staying stress free, keeping you organized and on task. Organizing your meeting schedules with vendors. Making sure deadlines are met. Insurance is provided. Oh, how the list goes on. Don't let this list fool you, because even some of our most basic packages contain many of these things as-well.
  • Wedding day: So we provide you with 10 hours on the day of the wedding (usually around 12). However our work day doesn't start on-site. It starts about 2-3 hours prior (or usually the night before!). Folding napkins, double checking details, organizing seating charts, escort cards, looking over our emergency kit, making sure all your vendors are ready and set to roll. Then once all the guests are off to the after-party, you are basking in your amazing wedding, and the tables are broken down. There is still more work to do. Did the rentals all make it back? Did the presents get to the hotel? And the list goes on.
  • Temporary: I am sure it comes as no surprise to you that weddings are seasonal. Most people love the sunshine, winery's, beaches. Rightfully so (I know I do)! What does this mean for us? Well we have to account for all those "off season times" to be sure we are here for you during the "on season times".

Let me be very clear here. I absolutely love my job. It is one of the most fulfilling things I have ever had the honor to do- besides being a mother to a beautiful little girl!  I love every minute of it, and I wouldn't change it for anything. But my point of posting this is simply to educate couples of the time and energy put into a small business-especially a seasonal, and specialized one. 

So next time you are a bit upset that a vendor costs more than you are valuing their services for, or you read a terribly written online article bashing the wedding industry, take a second to consider why that service costs what it does. Because its not just walking on-site, taking some pictures, sticking them on a disk, and dropping them in the mail. As seen above, running a small business is more work than most people realize, and takes a lot of time and energy prior to even being hired.

Now that doesn't mean there isn't someone out there in your budget. Because when I first started out, I was making about 2 dollars an hour (before covering my expenses- so pretty much zilch). So if you are on a small budget and those vendors you have already contacted just aren't in your budget. Don't get frustrated or expect them to give you a pound of gold for the value of iron. You may be able to find someone who is just starting out, building their profile or a clientele. We all have to start somewhere, or we would get no where!

Just remember that emailing a vendor saying their prices are to high for what they are offering, is very offensive. Because we work very hard to make sure you have an incredible wedding experience, and put lot's of money and time into running our small businesses.

I really hope this helps those couples out there reading those terrible articles being posted, that we really aren't here to shaft you! We love you guys and want to be sure you have a wedding that you can celebrate and enjoy. By the end of the process you all feel like family to us and on many occasions, we feel sad that we don't get to chat with you each day and see how your life is going -thank goodness for Facebook!

So no matter what you choose to do. Just be sure not to be to presumptuous about costs.  And remember to keep searching. If you are on a small budget, it may be tougher to find someone, but you will!

Photo provided by the amazing Bryan and Vita of Hewitt Photography: http://www.hewittphotography.com/

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Jeana and Andy's Wedding Celebration- June 16, 2012

Kris Holland Photography | http://krishollandphotography.com
Kris Holland Photography | http://krishollandphotography.com

Jeana and Andy were one of the sweetest couples I worked with in 2012. Their wedding took place at Riversbend Retreat in Philo, CA. The wedding was all about friends and family enjoying each-others company for an entire weekend. Celebrating two people bringing two family's together as one. The ceremony brought tears to my eyes, each and every guest brought so much love and compassion for the couple. It was one for the books, which will forever fill my heart with lovely thoughts.

A few fun facts: As the couple walked down the aisle the sound system over heated and stopped working (100 degrees the entire day!). Jeana and Andy proceeded to walk down the aisle as one and each guest started to sing their recessional song to them in harmony. Tears came rolling down both of their faces as they realized the love that was their supporting them that weekend. It still gives me goose bumps to this day to think of that moment.

The toasts were some of the most touching I have ever heard.

All guests danced and grooved until the very end of the night.

I have never drank more water in my life, until that day! Same for the photographer who shared all of these fabulous photo's with me! I hope you enjoyed!

Photo's provided by the fabulous Kristi at Allison Reed Wedding Photographers;

http://www.allisonreedphoto.com/ or contact her; phone: 510-432-5833 and email: info@allisonreedphoto.com

Brides bouquet designed by Bryce at Vanda Floral Design: http://vandafloral.com/ or contact him; phone: 707-763-9271 or email: bryce@vandafloral.com

Pies (YUMMY!) baked by Julie at Boonville Market; email: bluetree@pacific.net

Rentals by Fort Bragg Rent all; http://www.fortbraggrentall.com/ or contact them by email: weddings@fortbraggrentall.com or phone: 707-964-6661

Hair and make-up by Mendocino Beauty; http://www.mendocinobeauty.com/services/hair-salon/ stylist was Marianella, contact her by email: amy@mendocinobeauty.com or phone: 707-937-9977

Venue and catering by Rivers Bend Retreat; http://www.riversbendretreat.org/

Ceremony and Reception flowers were DIY by the couple and their friends and family.

Coordination services provided by no other than Cristina Heald here at HWC!

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DIY Chalk Board Directional Sign

Have you guys seen all of the super sweet chalkboard signs popping up all over Pinterest? So have we! One of our fabulous brides (the lovely Allie) wanted to use one to direct guests at her wedding… so it was the perfect time for us to do a little DIYing! Here’s a breakdown of what we did:

First, gather all your materials and tools. We had some plywood-esque boards, (whatever you use for the sign portion, just be sure it is something that is already smooth or can be sanded for best results!), a support post, sandpaper, (we also used) a saw, measuring tape, wood glue, and clamps. You might need other supplies depending on what materials you use, so just be sure to plan ahead. Of course, you’ll also need some chalkboard paint! We used Krylon Chalkboard spray paint.

Next, you’ll want to decide on the size of your signs. Don’t forget to factor in the distance between spots so your guests can actually see them. We measured ours out and had Cristina’s hubby use a skill saw to cut them out for us (thanks Max!).


After the signs were cut, we did a little sanding and taping to prep for paint (be sure to read all the directions for your chalkboard paint, there might be some special steps you’ll need to follow).




We let the paint dry and attached them to our support post, using wood glue and clamps. Measure for the center and use a carpenter’s square to make sure they are straight. Be sure to give the glue plenty of time to dry, but again, depending on the weight of your materials you might need some nails or screws, so have some handy just in case.




Our paint said to wait 24 hours before using the chalkboard, and viola (we use this a lot don't we?)! The next day we were ready to test it out!


Be creative! There are a lot of simple variations you can do to the physical signs, but also different uses, experiment with thick and thin chalk and chalk pens, and play with inventive vocabulary that will make these an easy and charming piece to add your celebration. We’d love to see the results!

The Measurements of our sign:

6x20- For the top board

4x18- For the three remaining boards

10x2x1- for the support post (which we did have to trim down a bit!)

Be sure to check out our fun sign options!



What questions should you ask your photographer?! http://healdweddings.wordpress.com/2012/12/04/we-all-grow-old-our-lives-go-by-and-photographs-are-so-important-for-preserving-our-memories/

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"We all grow old, our lives go by- and photographs are so important for preserving our memories"


I had the pleasure of asking Leana from Looking Glass Photography (link to fabulous website below!) a few questions (just a few ;)). I thought you would enjoy an insight! A photographer is one of the most important choices all couples make! Each and every-one of them want someone to create memories that they can look at and reminisce in. Something to take them back in time, to remember all those incredible memories, and feelings experienced. I hope you enjoy!

What made you decide to start photography as a career?

I practiced photography as an art for many years before it became my career. My husband urged me into it after he realized what great photographs I could take. His support and that of my family/friends, and the reactions of my first clients to their photographs made me realize this was what I was meant to do.

What do you love most about photography?

I love creating beautiful photographs for my couple’s, ones that they will cherish and enjoy throughout their lives together. It makes me truly happy to be able to give them that after their wedding day. Sometimes when I snap a photo of a bride and groom, I think- They are going to have that photo on their nightstand 40 years from now…and that makes me smile!

"We all grow old, our lives go by- and photographs are so

important for preserving our memories."


At the end of the wedding day, what memories do you hold close to your heart?

I love to see family and friends support couples as they start their lives together.  The outpouring of emotion at weddings, the joy of two people making a lifelong commitment- I feel very blessed to be a part of that.

What is your favorite moment during the wedding?

The look on the grooms face, as he sees his love walking towards him down the aisle.

If you had any advice for brides, what would it be?

Stay organized from the beginning by creating a time-line early on. Make sure your vendors are aware of what times they need to be there, how they need to work together, and your general goals for the day. Hiring a wedding coordinator can be a great asset to a bride, because they have the experience necessary to keep you on organized and on track.


What challenges do you face most often?

Having enough time to get all of the photographs I want to do- being in ten different places at once! This is why I help my couples with their schedule, so I know there will be enough time for all their photographs, without the photography disturbing the flow of the day.

What would you recommend brides look for in a photographer?

Choosing a photographer is such a personal thing- besides choosing one whose photographs you enjoy and relate to, I think personality is very important. Your photographer is going to be with you/near you most of the day. Choose someone you like on a personal level and someone you feel comfortable around. (like me! hahaha)


What qualities do you feel a professional wedding photographer should posses?

Besides being a master of their art, I believe a wedding photographer should be a caring person who invests themselves in their clients. A wedding is a huge milestone in a person’s life and I don’t think it can be treated like any other job—there is no room for an “off” day in this business. I approach every wedding like it is the wedding of my best friend.

What questions do you ask potential clients you are interviewing/being interviewed by?

I ask them many questions about their wedding- theme, size, location, etc. Specifically I ask them what their goals are for their wedding photographs. Every couple is different- some prefer candid shots, others like direction and posing- others want to re-create specific ideas, etc. Some couples are all about photos and want to devote lots of time to being photographed, while some prefer a “fly on the wall” approach and want to spend most of their time visiting with their guests. I try and understand my clients needs so that I can give them the best experience out of working with me possible.


What difference do you see in clients who hire professional coordinators and ones who do not?- (We had to ask! :))

Clients with professional coordinators are generally more relaxed during their wedding, knowing that everything is being taken care of by someone with plenty of event experience. I see that brides with coordinators are able to better step back and enjoy their day, and also enjoy an element of surprise at seeing everything put together at last. Also, during the planning process, it is a huge help to have that support and knowledge base from which to draw, especially for destination brides. (We totally agree!)


How important is a time-line to a wedding day?

It is absolutely essential for couple’s who have a number of events planned within the day (ceremony, dancing, cake, toasts, etc) Making sure there is enough time for all of those things to happen, and that there is enough time in between events to enjoy them is what a good timeline can do. Timelines also help vendors stay on track and work together more efficiently. (Agreed! And we rock at them ;))

How important is professional hair and make-up?

Having hair/make-up done professionally is a personal choice. I have seen brides turn out looking stunning even having done their own styling on the day. What is important to me in terms of hair/make-up is that if a bride does decide to hire out, that she hire a great artist/team of artists with a solid work ethic. Hair and make-up vendors can throw off the whole days schedule if they are late to the session, or if they are understaffed and cannot complete everyone in a timely manner. I also prefer that hair/make-up artists dress wedding appropriate, as they are often in the brides “getting ready” shots. They need to be able and willing to work with me as I take those photographs, which can be some of the most beautiful of the entire day.


What are some of your favorite things about brides from 2012?

I love all of the different styles of weddings happening now. From DIY to classic traditions, weddings at the moment vary so much. It is great fun for me to see each couple’s ideas come together, unique to them. And of course, the dresses! There are some amazing things happening in dresses right now- I especially love the vintage inspired styles.

Do you like the coming of age of all Social media?

Sure! It’s a great way for people to connect, share creative ideas, and share their photographs with family and friends.


Why do you think Social Media has boomed so much?

More and more families are living far apart from each other, the modern world being the way that it is. Social media sites allow us to connect with our loved ones easily and more intimately than a telephone call. Also, they are a great resource for couples planning a wedding! Who needs “save the dates” when you have Facebook Evites?? NO!!!!!! 

What are your thoughts on Pinterest?

I love Pinterest. In fact, I am always pinning things. Being able to see other photographers work, be inspired by it, and also to see the pins from my couple’s as they plan their wedding- I just love that! I get an insight into what inspires my clients, their wedding theme and projects, and that helps me plan ahead for what I will do on their wedding day. I don’t think that photographers should use Pinterest to copy each other’s photos down to the minute detail- but it is a great way to share ideas and to get inspired. No two photographs are ever the same, anyhow!


If you could meet ANY photographer, whom would you want to meet?

OH MAN. That is a tough one. I would like to meet a female photographer working around the turn of the century. So I could try out her camera, for one, and also to get her take on what it was like being a woman in the field in those days. Only now are there more and more female photographers- historically it was a male dominated field and I am glad that fact is changing.


Photography by Leana at Looking Glass Photography; http://mylookingglassphoto.com/

Contact Leana here: 805-703-3659, LEANA@LEANASLOOKINGGLASS.COM

Be sure to check out our other interview piece of Amber from Sasee Salon here:  


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San Francisco Flower Mart~

Yesterday we decided to hit the road and check out the fabulous SF Flower Mart, that many of our amazing clients use for their DIY- Wedding flowers! We wanted to check it out and see what and who was there so we could be more knowledgeable on the experience that our clients are having when they decide to do their own flowers.

I must say I was very surprised. There were many store fronts of different wholesalers, a wonderful variety of flowers, as well as vases, ribbon, and much much more.  The quality of most (not all) were impeccable! Recently we met with Chris Neve from Neve Bros. Wholesale Cut Flowers (soon to be up on the blog!), they are a local wholesaler who sells to the public, here in Sonoma County, and at the SF Flower Mart. It was great to see their operation in swing at the Flower Mart. We also met another great contact who delivers to this area three times a week!

We took many pictures so you could experience the greatness of the SF Flower Mart on your own! Enjoy!

Be sure to keep an eye out for our Neve Bros. post coming soon!

See their website here: http://www.nevebros.net/index.html

If you are looking for more information on the SF Flower Mart: http://www.sfflmart.com/

Here is a link to all the wholesalers who sell at the SF Flower Mart: http://www.sfflmart.com/vendors_frameset.html

Check out our engagement shoot with Nick and Sabrina for some fabulous inspiration: http://healdweddings.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/nick-and-sabrinas-engagement-shoot/

Designing your own boutonniere? Here is your how-to guide: http://healdweddings.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/diy-boutonniere/

You will also want to know how to pin that fabulous boutonniere that you put together: http://healdweddings.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/how-to-properly-pin-a-boutonniere/

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