Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Historic Hotel Woodland

When you have that intimate space such as the Historic Hotel Woodland and a lovely couple like I have in Christina and Troy, what more could you ask for as an event designer? Here are some photos of their reception venue....and I will be sure to get you shots of their beautiful day coming up in March! More to come....

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Formal Affair Inspiration

Style Me Pretty Inspiration Board
My new clients Sabrina and Cory have got me on the black and white inspiration path. I'm always excited to start the production process for a new event, but something tells me Sabrina's trust and faith in the Alison Ulshoffer Events team is going to equate to one phenomenal wedding. I will, of course, pass along the details.........

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Martha Andrews of Blooms

I know I am constantly staying how "excited" I am, but I am SO excited to introduce you to a new colleague and future friend Martha Andrews of Blooms! Not only is she a phenomenal floral designer, with over 20 years of experience, she is simply a great person! I had so much fun meeting with her this week, and viewing her gorgeous unique work, that I just had to share with you all!

As you will see above & below, Martha's designs are so versatile and simply stunning! Enjoy!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

West Sacramento Holiday Wine Social!

I am so honored and excited that I will be producing an event at the Sacramento Grand Ballroom on December 18th. The West Sacramento Holiday Wine Social is a benefit to support my Alma Mater, Westmore Oaks Elementary School. When I was asked to design this event I couldn't say yes fast enough!

All of these absolutely fabulous vendors from not only West Sacramento, but the outlying areas of Sacramento, are donating their services at no cost to the West Sacramento Educational Foundation! 100% of the proceeds will be going towards programs for the school. Some of those programs include the "Anti-bullying" cause.

Brandon and Kami Storz of Sound Image Entertainment are amazingly providing their music talents! The always genial Palamidessi family, owners of The Pheasant Club, a staple in the West Sacramento community, are donating signature dishes from their restraunt. Ernesto Jimenez, owner of Zocalo restaurant, also a truly gracious and giving member of our community will be sponsoring this event with his phenomenal fare! George Chryssafis of La Bou West Sacramento is another sponsor, donating their fantastic fresh pastries!

There are too many amazing, giving sponsors to talk about...but please take notice above. These are truly generous business owners who not only said "Yes" to being a sponsor, but said so with great enthusiasum! Thank you all!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Rachelle Photography

I am so incredibly excited to be working with Rachelle of Rachelle Photography on an upcoming Holiday Wine Social! Her images are stunning! Rachelle's work was also choosen for BOTH covers of the Winter/Spring issue of Sacramento Bride & Groom! I cannot wait to work with Rachelle in the near future!

Here are some of her beautiful images. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Pink Pink Pink!

This DIY kit in the upper left hand corner, courtesy of Martha Stewart, incorporates my two favorite things, pink and birds! Stunning is the only way to describe this subtly pink gown by Suzanne Ermann. Subtle touches, like pink champage are going beyond, without going overboard.

Those of you that know me, know how much I LOVE the color pink. So when my adorable new client Jessica said she envisioned "vintage and pink", I knew we'd make a perfect team. Designing her event might possibly be more fun for me than her. I'll keep you posted!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Day After Photography

Something to consider if you opted not to have engagement photos is "day after" photography. The stress of the big day is gone, and you and yours can finally relax. Here are more photos by the AMAZING Rachel Robertson taken in Hanalei Bay, Kauai. Enjoy!

I Heart LH Calligraphy!

I am so excited my clients talked me into creating a blog! Why? Because when I discover amazing and unique talent such as Laura Hooper of LH Calligraphy I just can't wait to share!

Some of Laura's designs are so fun and unique, others are classic and elegant, you must have a look! They're perfect for that destination wedding we've been chatting about! Enjoy!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Do I Destination?

So often you hear, "I want a destination wedding, but I'm worried my guests won't be able to attend." Something to consider when both are equally important is your location. When deciding on a location, keep a few things in mind. First, remember you're essentially taking your friends and family on a vacation with you. So give them plenty of time to plan, I suggest at least a year. Second, choose a location that is easy to get to.

Remember, a destination wedding doesn't necessarily mean from California to Cabo. You can still put your toes in the sand if you choose the right location! Don't give up your dream of a destination wedding, just be a little more creative!

For those of us in Northern California, the stunning shores of Lake Tahoe, the Shenandoah Valley, San Francisco, or the breathtaking Northern Coastline are fantastic options. You will have a true "destination" and still have your beautiful day close enough for your loved ones to travel.

If you do decide on a location that requires extensive travel, be sure to send out "save-the-dates." I also highly recommend creating a wedding website. has a great website that will allow you to keep your guests up to date on lodging and other important event details. And it's FREE! Your friends and family will greatly appreciate it, and it will make their own planning process that much simpler.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Lets start planning!

My first blog to all of you brides to be! ....How about a little bit about myself? I decided to jump into this industry due to my love of design and implementation. I truly love creating events that are so incredibly specialized that they scream "Becca and Keith" or "Andrea and Leonard." There's nothing more gratifying then seeing your bride light up and say, "YES! That's exactly what I was thinking!" Then, seeing her express sheer joy when it all comes together on her big day.

So lets start with, CONGRATULATIONS! You're engaged! This is going to be one of the most amazing and exciting times in your life. The love that you and your fiancé share is out there for the world to see! So what's next? Are you thinking, "O my gosh! Where do I start?" Don't worry, I'm going to give you some advice to ease the panic!

First and foremost, COST

Talk with your fiancé openly and honestly and decide on a budget. If your families are contributing have that same conversation. The most stressful issue for a bride and groom tends to be budgeting. If you speak openly and honestly with your fiancé and family, there will be no need for interpretation. Do the best you can to stay on task with your budgeting. Record EVERYTHING onto a spreadsheet if possible. There are always costs that somehow sneak up on you when you least expect it.

Unless you've planned an event on your own, you will be, sometimes unpleasantly, surprised by the amount of coordination needed. Make sure you surround yourself with vendors you can trust. Have someone double check your contracts, and don't be afraid to ask for references. If you decide to hire a wedding planner, don't hesitate to ask these same questions of him or her.

One of your absolute first decisions should be your location. Both your ceremony and reception site should be your top priority! Your local church, rose garden, a private estate, or a destination, this will set the stage for your big day. Look at several locations, you'd be surprised how many hidden gems are out there! Make sure it's perfect....

Flowers, Lighting, Music, Caterers, Entertainment.....start thinking about the details of your wedding. Most of you have a vision. Follow that vision, seek out help to see it carried out. The details of your big day should showcase you as a couple.When you interview your vendors, reception and wedding site representatives, take a list. Does the wedding site have a bridal room? Will the reception site allow off-site caterers? Do you need wedding insurance? Do prepare yourself to make, a typically non-refundable, deposit. This usually equates to 50%. You will spend the majority of your budget during the initial planning process.

Finally, don't limit your imagination. Whether a $15,000 budget or a $150,000 budget. The possibilities are endless when you surround yourself with knowledgeable people. Don't give up the idea of a wedding planner because you don't think you can afford one. And don't hesitate to call several that you are interested in. They just might have a planning package that will fit into your budget.
So having given you my advice for your own special day, I decided to post some pictures of my own wedding and day after session, photographed by the incredible Rachel Robertson. Hope you enjoy some of her amazing work as my husband and I have! I must mention, my Maggie Sottero gown was purchased through Debra LaSpina Goldwater of Dori Anne Veils in the East Bay, an absolutely amazing resource that I send ALL of my brides to! Stephanie Nishikawa of the Paper Garden Boutique created my gorgeous, one of a kind invitations.
So once again....Congratulations to you all!