Monday, November 30, 2009

{ PERSONALIZE IT } Paperwink

New love of ours, Paperwink. Adorable, personal and a new favorite of us all here in the office! Our order is on it's way and I cannot wait! The reason I also share this lovely idea is because these journals would make perfect wedding favors. No secret here that I'm not a huge fan of wedding favors, but these are a huge exception. One of our Cancun couples have ordered these beautiful journals and will be inscribing each and every one of them to their friends and family. Now THAT my friends is a true wedding gift.

The custom stamp above, of course I fell in love with the bird, is a fabulous way to express your personality. Paperwink has several to choose from. So be sure to have a peek at their site, I'm sure you will enjoy as much as we do!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

{ WE LOVE IT } Skype away....

It's NO secret that I am not thee most computer literate person here in the office, BUT, I love to SKYPE. It's such a fabulous tool for myself, the girls and my clients! So if you ever need us you can find me at alison.ulshoffer during your SKYPE search.

Hey Penny....hope you don't mind! I took this still while we were discussing an album...Happy Sunday everyone!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

{ ASK AWAY } Martha Andrews

For the past few weeks I have been rounding up some of thee best wedding professionals and destination wedding vendors Northern California has to offer. They will be answering some of the many questions we receive. A fresh perspective and different accounting from someone other than us will be, well in my mind, fabulous. We know you will think so too!
Here is your chance to ask those questions that you just quite aren't getting the answers to in the magazines or Internet! Do you sometimes think you don't have the right to ask certain questions, or maybe don't have the gumption that day? If so please, ASK AWAY....

It's no secret that I have an incredible partner in designing heaven with Martha Andrews! I knew the moment I contacted her that she would take time out of her busy schedule to be our first post. We value her opinion, honesty and ridiculous talent more than I can articulate which is why we're presenting her to you today.
What do you believe is the most important aspect when choosing a florist?
When selecting your florist, the most important factor, like any relationship, is trust. It is very easy for a bride to get caught up in a flower she loves and focus all her decor thoughts on that. She should actually keep her thoughts on the big picture. Let your florist know about that flower then, after careful interviewing, trust that her florist will create the look she loves.

I want a specific flower, why can't I have it?
Mother Nature is fickle and the one flower you love just might not cooperate with your wedding date. If you can find a designer that you can trust to capture you and your vision, even though that flower might not be there day of, the look and feel that you get from that flower will!

I want to get the most out of my consultation with my florist. What should I do to prepare?
I tell my brides to come in with pictures, inspiration pieces, i.e. Grandma's broach, a wooden box they found at a tag sale, a piece of glass from Italy, etc....Anything that helps convey what you want to see on your wedding day. All these items help me get a feel for who the bride is and what look she loves. Also be sure to bring a photo of your dress. I always start with the dress. In many ways it is the centerpiece of the wedding and really the starting point of the brides style.

What happens when I don't have a vision in my head, but I know what I like and don't like?
Often my brides will come in and tell me, "I really don't know what I like, or there is SO much that I like," but once we start talking, lay out all of the pictures they have brought, often a vision comes out. They will see they really do have a theme, they just needed some guidance to see it.
Another thing I ask my bride is to give me a sentence or a phrase to convey the theme of their day, i.e. rustic charm, vintage chic, classic modern, down home comfy...catch words that again convey what they like to feel on their wedding day. From there I can begin to create and this is where the trust comes in. A bride needs to meet with a few florists and choose the one that "gets them." Then, as hard as it may be, let it go and trust their designer to bring to life their vision.

Time after time I hear, "that's exactly what I wanted only better!" or "you really got ME!" This is what you want to hear as a designer.
Final Tips:
When picking your venue, keep your total budget in mind. You may find a gorgeous venue, but if it eats up too much of your budget you won't have enough left over to adorn it. If you spend too much on your venue and leave nothing for your decor you are left with a sterile wedding. Nothing says "this is us" more than your big day. It's better to choose a less expensive venue that leaves you plenty of room for decor. It will look so much better, finished, and like your own!

Keep in mind the floral budget should be 10-15% of your total budget. Allow more if you would like to see lighting or draping. Remember it's all in the details. Details speak volumes and really polish your event!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


{ Dress by JJ Park }

{Givenchy Wrinkled Corset tote }

{ Christian Louboutin }

Do I need these? DEBATABLE. Do I really really really want it? YES. No secret here that I am a fan of pink, all shades of pink, all hues, and glorious tones of pink. I was actually putting an inspiration board together for one of our clients and got a little, ehem, sidetracked.

Ahhh, a girl can dream. Or hope that The Deputy is reading today....

Monday, November 9, 2009

{ ETSY FIND } Pine Cove Cabin

Wow, this custom lace bridal shrug blew me away when I first laid eyes on it! Handmade by Pine Cove Cabin, aka Colleen Raney is also a gifted musician! You must have a peek.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

{ OUT OF THE OFFICE } Time to Breathe.....

{ The girls and I a few years back. We've come a long way! One of my all time favorite pictures }

This past wedding season has been, in a word, incredible. I don't mean sort of incredible, I mean downright incredible. So with all the hard work behind us for a couple months, the girls and I are taking a MUCH needed mini-vacation to Lake Tahoe. We will be relaxing, sitting, breathing.....

No doubt we will have files in-hand, Blackberry's at the ready, and laptops charged. Some event planners, present company included, use this time to head to San Francisco, New York or the Mid-West for inspiration. I can honestly say, these ladies give me inspiration every week of every month so there will be no shortage this weekend. I promise to finally get up more wedding gallery's on the website as well!

Until then, we are off for some very past due calmness! See you on 11. 9. 09

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


We are so excited that our gorgeous bride Karen was selected as the San Francisco Style Unveiled's very first "Bride in the City." These two hold a special place in my heart as they must be one of my sweetest, most-in-love, gorgeous, amazing couples ever! Seriously, they are.
Head on over to see the full post here. Cheers to Karen + Gabe. Smokin' hot!