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NAVY AND GOLD, A WEDDING IDEA WITH GLAMOUR, DRAMA AND A BIT OF SPARKLE

We love this color combination for weddings!

Elegant and classy, navy & gold is a sophisticated color combination that appeals to both men and women. Adding white helps to lift the overall feel without pulling focus, and cameras love it. All three of these colors are easy to find, and while interpretations of Navy will vary somewhat, most golds and whites shades are very close.

Navy and gold make a striking night sky color palette, perfect for outdoor evening weddings with a golden sunset as your backdrop. There is nothing subdued about this color combination; it is dramatic, bold and beautiful.

Here are a few of our most popular navy and gold items:

These classy favor boxes are the perfect size for small treats – 2 inch squares.  We make these ourselves from heavy duty card stock, no flimsy cardstock wannabe paper used.  If you love the idea but are not sure about the geometric pattern, we also offer these in a champagne bubble top. The navy blue pull on top is optional.  

We import these candle holders from the Philippines.  They are beautifully handcrafted and provide a shimmery candlelight glow, even with battery tea lights.  These also make beautiful gifts.

Gold Geometric Candle Holder or Flower Centerpiece  |  $7.99

These gold geometric candle holders add a modern element to your reception tables.  We show it here as a flower holder, but since the glass holder is included, you can easily use candles or battery operated fairy lights.  These look great indoors or outside, and the small eye-lit at the top makes it easy to suspend these in trees or archways.  

Our labels come in a variety of colors – including Ivory and Navy.  They coordinate beautifully with a variety of wedding reception themes and are easy to use.  The black bow tie doesn’t come with these, but we do sell them if you want to kick your wine bottles up a notch!

These mercury glass votives are just perfect for a navy and gold theme. Guests love these little candle holders as wedding favors.  The price is right too.

A great complement to the mercury votives, these glass coaster favors come gift ready in a gold gift box with a clear lid.  Coasters have rubber feet too, so they really are a gift your guests (or you) could use over and over again. They capture the navy, gold and white color theme perfectly without being over-the-top.  Sweet.

  • Brushed Gold Round Card Holders
    Brushed Gold Round Card Holders
    $3.95

There you have our most popular navy, gold and white decor, gift and wedding favor ideas.  Let us know what you think or if you have any ideas on what to create.  We love to create!

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Wedding Planner: Maria Bartolome, Owner of By Your Side Events

Wedding planners are amazing. They are on the front line and I love the absolute creativity and style that the best planners bring to each wedding. I’ve been following Maria at By Your Side Events on Instagram for a while. I love her work. I think you will too. Based in Napa, California, she also travels to wherever her couples are planning their destination weddings. Here’s our interview with Maria at By Your Side Events:

TSF: Tell us a little about you.

Hey everyone! So, this is my first blog post…EVER, I’m excited and a little nervous, but that’s usually the way all great adventures begin, right? I’m so excited that I get to share my thoughts and ideas with you and to hear what you think! I already have so much I want to talk to you about, but let’s start from the beginning.

I am so lucky that I started my journey with a feeling. I didn’t set out to be a wedding planner in the beginning, in fact I thought I wanted to be a teacher. In 2006 I moved from my hometown of Ann Arbor Michigan to Santa Rosa California, I needed a break from the snow, and I guess I was looking for a new adventure. That “break” turned into a permanent residency, and 13 years later, here we are! My passion for events came from a seemingly unlikely source…lesson planning. IT turns out that teaching really wasn’t my thing but planning for my lessons and activities and scheduling out the day made my heart race. I didn’t know what do to with that feeling but I wanted to feel it more, so I kept finding things to do that made my heart happy, (or did they find me?). Lesson planning turned into BEO’s for winery events, which turned into Day Of Timelines which is where we are now. That feeling that I got from planning has now taken on a life of its own, when I get to work with someone on their most special event, and to see their faces on that day it fuels me. It fills my tank and gets me excited to do more.

TSF: What’s Been Your Favorite part of being a Wedding Planner?

I have been asked a few times over the years what my favorite part of the job is, and I can’t say that I do have a favorite part exactly, in fact, I have two. There is something so magical about watching a bride float down the aisle. After I give her dress one last fluff and whisper, “go ahead” she is off; all of the months of planning, phone calls, emails, texts, facetimes, schematics, laughs, sometimes tears and hugs is all happening, it is so cool to see it all come to life!

Also, you know how they say to brides and grooms all the time that your wedding day will go by so quickly, don’t forget to enjoy it? I always tell them don’t forget to EAT and enjoy it, but it is true, and it’s also true for me and my team, just before the ceremony begins it is show time and it all fly’s by in a blink, thankfully we have photographers to help us remember how it all looked and the way we felt on that special day. When I get the pictures back from my couples’ events it’s almost like I get to experience the same feeling that I had with them on their wedding day all over again! I love being able to revisit everything – the getting ready shots, photos during cocktail hour, the first dance and all of the amazing faces that people make during toasts (those are some of my favorites 😊).

TSF: Best piece of advice to give couples planning their wedding.

Ok, well this is going to sound a bit bias and I really don’t mean it to be but hire a planner! I don’t necessarily mean your best friend’s sister or your co-workers friend’s daughter (unless they really are planners) but an actual licensed, educated, professional planner. Here’s why: chances are you have never done this before; planning a wedding is different than planning a birthday party or dinner party. This is the biggest dinner party you are ever going to throw; all of your family and friends are going to be there to celebrate with you and the last thing that you need or want is for something unknowingly preventable to go wrong. We didn’t order enough glasses – your planner would have warned you that you will need extra glasses if your venue doesn’t provide them. Our guests were running to their cars for jackets they were so cold – your planner would have reminded you that your cocktail hour would be outside after the sun set in March and would have added heaters to your rental order for you (and probably saved you 10% – 25% with your rental company because they are a preferred vendor). Our DJ was horrible and just talked the whole time and didn’t play any of the songs on our “play” list – your planner would have made sure that you were matched with the right DJ for your style they would have made sure that your DJ was playing what you wanted to listen to, not what they want to play.

TSF: What is By Your Side Events specialty?

We specialize in planning, coordinating and executing successful, magical events, while having fun along the way! I mean it when I say we will be by your side, we are going to be your wedding planning bestie, not just for the brides but the grooms too.

TSF: Weddings can be stressful. How do you keep yourself relaxed & energized?

My calendar reminders are my lifeline in staying organized, the second I schedule an appointment with someone – boom – it goes on the calendar. If I need a reminder to reach out to someone at a specific time – boom – it goes on the calendar, and most importantly, when I book an event! Boom – It goes on the calendar. I am super blessed that I get to live in such a beautiful area of California and I realize that I take it for granted sometimes, but driving up and down the Silverado Trail or HWY 29 through the vineyards and the hot air balloon parade in the mornings is one of the most relaxing things I never knew I needed! Then when I’m really feeling adventurous, I get to see the Golden Gate Bridge or the cliffs on the 1 after an hour in the car, or even snow after a few hours. Also, wine and just some good old fashion wine and girl talk do the trick too.

TSF: What inspires you professionally?

My couples do, every one of them is different and I have a special bond and unique experience with all of them to where no two events are the same. That means that I get to create or discover something new all the time! Making new discoveries, creating and learning is so inspiring and motivating and fun! It’s really cool to be a part of my couple’s ideas, and it is super interesting to see what is important to people and what their interest are.

TSF: Biggest pet peeve with modern technology in wedding planning?

Just when I feel like I am getting the hang of something, a different something will come up that is the newest, latest and greatest and I have to start all over again. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for evolving, just give me a minute to catch up please!

TSF: What one superpower would you want for your work?

Cloning. I want to be everywhere all the time, there are never enough hours in the day right? On a personal note though, I’ve always been jealous of Snow White, I would love to have conversations with animals!

I do have some other favorite things that fill my tank. When I am not planning weddings or events you will find me in my other happy place, Disneyland (I’m a complete Disney Dork and I don’t care who knows it!) with my daughter, singing wherever I can, going on adventures or being crafty on the couch. Of course, living in Napa, I never pass up a chance to go wine tasting, R and D right?

I can’t wait to share more of my thoughts about all things weddings, events, parties, life, and more with you and to hear some of your adventures too! Talk soon,

-M

By Your Side Events
By Your Side Events

There is no single route to finding the best planner for your wedding.  Both WeddingWire and The Knot have great lists of suggested questions.  If you have a question you’d like to ask Maria about her wedding planning business, or her opinion on anything wedding related, please ask it in the comments below or send us an email.

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Wedding Photographer & DJ: Cheetah & Cheetah

This month’s spotlight is shining brightly on the husband and wife team Cheetah & Cheetah. The Cheetah’s, Nadine and Brian, were introduced in spring of 2000 by a mutual friend who recognized their mutual love of Cheetahs.

Nadine, a fashion design graduate obsessed with all things cheetah print, and Brian, the loud and very friendly DJ Cheetah, discovered that besides Cheetah’s they also had a mutual love of music.

Nadine: “We bonded over our love of music. Going to Melrose in LA was one of our favorite spots. We could spend hours digging through records trying to find that record we just couldn’t live without. After finding records we would go shopping on Melrose looking for that unique outfit no one else has.

After dating for two years Brian proposed on a hill called “the top of the world” in Laguna Beach and on September 8th, 2002 we got married at the Hotel Laguna.

In 2009 when their son was 4 years old and expecting their daughter, they decided to make the move to San Luis Obispo, the happiest city in America! SLO, to all the locals, really is the best place to raise a family.

Starting over in a new location was a challenge, but after years of hard work they were back on top and booking most of their weddings together as a husband and wife team.

Brian:Watching our business grow each year is such a rewarding experience. Especially knowing that we did this all on our own.

Working together is their preference, always looking for ways to help each other out. As an example Brian will get on the mic and make an announcement to help me get the perfect shot. And Nadine, being out among the guests, will help pass around the wireless mic during toasts. Being a team the collaboration makes things run smoothly. Brides and grooms can be at ease knowing …

Nadine’s love for photography started when she was a teenager.

I had a pink film camera that I used to take photos of my friends and pets. I would drop off rolls of film to get developed. It was so exciting to get the photos back and see how good my shots were. I also loved to buy fashion magazines, tear out all the fashion photos that inspired me and put the images up all over my walls. The walls in my room were completely covered with beautiful Supermodels like Nadja Auermann, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Shalom Harlow, Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista. In high school the book LaChapelle Land by David LaChapelle inspired me take photography classes. Which lead me to photographing the fashion section of my high school year book. Being a wedding photographer is the perfect fit for me. I get to photograph brides in beautiful dresses. Giving me that perfect mix of fashion and photography”.

Brian’s DJ career started by seeing a ‘DJ wanted’ flyer while in college. 

“I answered the ad, got the job and immediately knew this was my passion. Bad Boy Bill and Richard Humpty Vision inspired me with the way they mix music. I love to feel the music and bring energy to the dance floor by beat mixing, scratching and adding sound effects. I enjoy weddings because every client has different music requests for me to mix. It’s fun to find new songs that work well together inspiring me to create new mixes.I have so much fun at every wedding I DJ. It is so rewarding to keep the dance floor packed and watch my clients having a good time.

In 2017 The family, together, made the decision to legally change their last names to cheetah. It is because of their mutual love of cheetahs Brian and Nadine met, married, started a business and a family.

We all feel very proud to have the last name cheetah.

Book the Cheetah’s for your next event.

Follow the Cheetah’s on Instagram: @DJCheetah.CheetahPhotography

LIKE the Cheetah’s on Facebook: @DJCheetah.CheetahPhotography

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Jackie & Mireya’s Wedding in Paso Robles

Jackie & Mireya were married on November 17th, 2018 at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles. The event was filled with gold, deep reds, and creams with a few skulls placed around the venue. A simple, but elegant November wedding. Photographed by Nadine Cheetah of Cheetah Photography.

Jackie & Mireya | Cheetah Photography

Jackie & Mireya | Cheetah Photography

Jackie & Mireya | Cheetah Photography

Jackie & Mireya | Cheetah Photography

Jackie & Mireya | Cheetah Photography

Jackie & Mireya | Cheetah Photography

Jackie & Mireya | Cheetah Photography

Jackie & Mireya | Cheetah Photography

Jackie & Mireya | Cheetah Photography

Jackie & Mireya | Cheetah Photography

Jackie & Mireya | Cheetah Photography

Jackie & Mireya | Cheetah Photography

Jackie & Mireya | Cheetah Photography

Jackie & Mireya | Cheetah Photography

Jackie & Mireya | Cheetah Photography

Jackie & Mireya | Cheetah Photography

Jackie & Mireya | Cheetah Photography

Jackie & Mireya | Cheetah Photography

When did you know you were meant to be together? I knew before we were anything serious that she was the one. My soul genuinely felt calm and at peace anytime I was around her.

Who Proposed To Whom? Mireya proposed to me. We had kind of tossed the idea back and forth for a while and almost eloped to Vegas (where else?!) the day she proposed.

How / Where Did You Get Engaged? It was spur of the moment.We were enjoying a cup of coffee at our favorite local bakery, talking about being married and just decided to go for it! We went and picked out a ring together. When her daughter got out of school that day we had a picnic in a cemetery. It sounds creepy, but the cemetery had always been a special place to us. However, about a year before we were engaged my mom had passed from breast cancer. Visiting the cemetery had allowed me to feel close to her. Mireya dropped on one knee while we were there. It was as if my mom was also able to share that moment with me.

What was your Wedding Date? November 17th, 2018

Venue? Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles

Did you have a Coordinator / Planner? Not really. My friend was our day-of coordinator.

Did you have a Theme / Color Scheme in mind or did you wing it? I wouldn’t call it a theme. We had skulls around our venue and our colors were gold, deep reds, and creams. It was very simple, but elegant.

Catering? The Vineyard did the catering and cake and was phenomenal! One less thing to worry about! We did the tastings in their restaurant and that’s what won us over on the venue. We planned our wedding from out of town so it was really convenient.

Photographer? Nadine of Cheetah and Cheetah. Brian and Nadine were a sweet and groovy couple to work with.

Dj? Dj Cheetah

What was your song? Our First dance was Bad Habits by Maxwell

Florist? Bloom N’ Grow Florist

Hair/Makeup? Jacob Hernandez did our hair and FacebyFabe – Fabian Alexander did our make-up

Any advice for couples planning weddings today? Find a quiet moment to have with your spouse right after the ceremony and before the party starts. That special moment, the “why” you decided to spend your life together, is what you will remember after the tequila and champagne hit!

What was your favorite part of your wedding day? Our quiet moments with just the photograph before the party got started. I look back on those pictures and remember exactly how happy I was to have my forever.

Anything Else You’d Like To Share? Enjoy the party and don’t sweat the small stuff!

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Signature Drink: Fig & Honey Martini

Fig & Honey Martini

Photo by Ash Edmonds on Unsplash

Trivia: Did you know that 43 percent of weddings will take place from late September to November?

That’s a whole lot of drinking! Wine and beer are fine, but couples increasingly are offering a signature drink at their reception, and creating yet one more wedding decision to make, ‘
What signature drink should we serve at our fall themed wedding reception?’.

Well, I can now offer a tasty solution. I was watching WeddingWire’s Creative Director, Jeffra Trumpower, on the
Today Show and she mentioned a new fall favorite — the Fig & Honey Martini. Talk about ‘fall’-ing in love with fruit. – I am all over this one. One, I love figs and really, to be honest, any drink that sounds like dessert – I’m all in.

Clearly I am no bartender, but I am so willing to jump in and give it a shake. Here’s a recipe I found that I thoroughly enjoyed…a few times…all trial and error for the sake of perfection.

  • 8 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces elderflower flavored liqueur
  • 6 ounces apple juice
  • 1/4 cup honey thyme syrup (below)
  • 4 fresh figs, halved*
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme

Add the vodka, elderflower flavored liquor, apple juice, honey syrup and figs to a cocktail shaker. Using a muddler (A
muddler is a bartender’s tool, used like a pestle, and mash—or muddle—the figs, and add to the shaker. Add ice. Replace the top on the shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into 4 martini glasses. Garnish with figs and fresh thyme.

Honey Thyme Syrup

  • 1 cup honey
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme

In a small saucepan combine the honey, 1 cup of water, and the thyme. Bring to a low boil and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely before using.


*If fresh figs are not available, 2 teaspoons of fig preserves can be used. Just make sure to stir the preserves until incorporated and then strain.

And on a healthy note, figs are nutritional powerhouses loaded with antioxidants and beneficial nutrients like B vitamins, calcium and potassium. Figs and honey have been shown to do everything from calm stomach troubles to lower blood pressure (and don’t we all need to lower our blood pressure just a little bit). Figs are also thought to have a high amount of Vitamin B5 which makes them so amazing for the skin. So no matter how you slice the fig they make the perfect cocktail!

I feel healthier already. Don’t you?

Now, I bet you’re wondering ‘
What am I going to pour this amazing martini into?’. Well, Taylor Street can help you with that. Below are a few suggestions that will take your martini up a notch. I’ve created a search link as well for a great selection of Martini Glasses. Click here.

Stemless Martini Glasses by Viski | Item No. 7394 | $18.88 | The minimalist design of these lead free crystal glasses adds a modern vibe to an iconic drink. Available in sets of two, these also make an excellent gift to add to a home bar collection.

Of course you’re going to need a napkin to place those Fig & Honey martinis on. Share the merrymaking with this Martini Glasses Printed Napkin, offered in multiple color options to add a pop to any party.

Martini Glasses Printed Napkins | Item No. 438 | $19.98 | Foil Printed Personalized Paper Napkins. Cheers! Perfect for any festive occasion, this design features two martini glasses clinking in celebration.

We’d love to hear about your Fig and Honey Martini experience. Send us a comment below, tell us on
FacebookInstagram us your Martini (#TaylorStreetLife) or send us a tweet. Right now, I am off to shake up another good ol’ fashioned healthy fig & honey martini. You know, for my skin. Cheers!

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Trish & Greg Tie The Knot in Arroyo Grande, CA

April 28th, 2018

Trish & Greg | Cheetah Photography.

Trish & Greg | Cheetah Photography

Trish & Greg | Cheetah Photography

Trish & Greg | Cheetah Photography

Trish & Greg | Cheetah Photography

Trish & Greg | Cheetah Photography

Trish & Greg | Cheetah Photography

Trish & Greg | Cheetah Photography

Trish & Greg | Cheetah Photography

Trish & Greg | Cheetah Photography

Trish & Greg | Cheetah Photography

Trish & Greg | Cheetah Photography

Trish & Greg | Cheetah Photography

Trish & Greg | Cheetah Photography

Trish & Greg | Cheetah Photography

Trish & Greg | Cheetah Photography

Trish & Greg | Cheetah Photography

Trish & Greg | Cheetah Photography

Trish & Greg | Cheetah Photography

Trish & Greg | Cheetah Photography

Trish & Greg | Cheetah Photography

Trish & Greg | Cheetah Photography

Trish & Greg | Cheetah Photography

Trish & Greg | Cheetah Photography

Trish & Greg | Cheetah Photography

 

When did you know you were meant to be together?

Greg and I were friends in high school but we both had significant others so after graduation in ’08 we broke up with our SO’s and started hanging out more. I actually ended up moving to Fresno for a bit and Greg would drive up every weekend and either take me back to Bakersfield to spend the weekend or stay in Fresno with me. That’s when we knew this was something special!

Who Proposed To Whom?

Greg proposed to me.

How / Where Did You Get Engaged?

He took me to Dinosaur Caves Park in Pismo Beach at sunset to one of the outlooks (where he asked me to be his girlfriend 8 years ago) it was our 8 year anniversary of being together. He said “let’s go closer to the edge I think I see an otter way out there” I walked close, he stayed back and I turned around and there he was on one knee with the ring!

What was your Wedding Date?

April 28th 2018

Venue?

Cypress Ridge Pavilion in Arroyo Grande, CA.

Did you have a Coordinator / Planner?

My mom and I basically took that job over and did everything ourselves but Jodi (day of coordinator at cypress ridge) was my day of and she was amazing!

Did you have a Theme / Color Scheme in mind or did you wing it?

We wanted it to be very simple but pretty. We picked a color called silver sage which is beautiful very neutral and then tan and gold for accents!

Catering?

Cypress Ridge provided an amazing dinner.

Did you have a special cake made?

We did!! It was by Pardon My French in Grover Beach, CA it was simple with a vanilla buttercream outside and the inside was salted Carmel with some gold splatter on the outside.

If Yes, what was your Cake Topper?

A gold cursive “ALWAYS” (because I had to incorporate Harry Potter SOMEWHERE in this wedding) 😂.

Photographer?

Nadine cheetah of Cheetah Photography!! Seriously such an amazing woman and so helpful and fun to be around! I couldn’t have chosen better!

Dj?

DJ cheetah (Brian Cheetah Nadine’s husband) also so fun to work with and so into doing what we wanted and not starting us in a different direction even though we had some crazy songs we wanted played!

What was your song?

‘Only one in color’ by TRAPT.

Florist?

Lori Boe Florist!! She only made my bouquet the girls bouquets were homemade by my mom.

Hair/Makeup?

Hair was done by Melissa Martinez of Indie Salon in Arroyo Grande and makeup was done by Lindsay Nettleton of Bakersfield!

Any advice for couples planning weddings today?

Don’t get too caught up in the planning. There is always going to be things that you can’t control (like the weather) you only get to do this once and planning is so much fun. Enjoy it and make sure you and your fiancé are planning some things together, it makes for awesome memories! Also it’s a little time consuming but I highly recommend making your own playlist. It adds a personal touch!

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?

Dancing!! Just looking around at all the people I love in one spot, all here for us, smiles on their faces and just having the time of their life. That was my favorite part!

Anything Else You’d Like To Share?

Take it all in! Don’t be stressed. This day goes by so fast. Just enjoy every minute!

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Photographer: Cheetah Photography | Venue: Cypress Ridge Pavilion Cake: Pardon My French in Grover Beach, CA Flowers: Lori Boe Florist | Hair: Melissa Martinez of Indie Salon | Makeup: Lindsay Nettleton | DJ: DJ cheetah

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Alex & Tristan

June 24th, 2017

Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography
Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography

Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography
Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography

Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography
Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography

Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography
Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography

Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography
Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography

Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography
Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography

Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography
Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography

Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography
Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography

Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography
Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography

Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography
Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography

Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography
Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography

Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography
Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography

Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography
Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography

Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography
Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography

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Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography

Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography
Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography

Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography
Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography

Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography
Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography

Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography
Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography

Alex and Tristan | Heather Nguyen Photography
Alex and Tristan |Heather Nguyen Photography

Who proposed to whom? Tristan proposed to me on the Santa Barbara Pier on our anniversary.

Wedding date? June 24, 2017

Venue? Edwards Barn in Nipomo, CA.

Edwards Barn is a product of three historic redwood barns on the central coast that were dismantled and reassembled into one by David and Mavi Edwards. A beautiful location filled with rustic and vintage elements. It is truly unique central coast wedding venue located in Nipomo, CA.

Catering? Edwards Barn also catered our reception.

Cake? Cakes Cathedral.

Serving the Central Coast of California, Cakes Cathedral works closely with their clients to create intricate, sculpted masterpieces into a “less is more” confection your guests will love.

Cake Topper? Plum flowers arranged around an initial K.

Photographer? Heather Nguyen Photography 😊

DJ? Dj Solstice.

Florist? Darlene Romero and Rebecca Arnold.

Hair/Makeup? Hair – Alyssa Rivas, Makeup – Myshel Gordon.

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Rustic Weddings; The force is strong with this one…

Bride in White Dress Sitting on Bales of Straw in a Barn

It’s not just burlap and mason jars.  As the rustic wedding theme’s popularity snowballs, it is increasingly both an attitude and a style, involving planning as well as purchasing decisions.  Local sourcing, more natural textures & materials, and less fussy, more comfortable decor are the defining elements of today’s rustic weddings. 

And while barn venues continue to define the quintessential rustic wedding reception, inspired brides & grooms (and their creative planners, florists and bakers!) are designing ever more creative elements to consider (queue Pinterest).  David and I happen to have gotten married in one of THE absolutely most romantic and historic barns in Central California, so we bring a personal as well professional perspective to this rustic wedding decor and favor fever. Here are 12 of our current favorites. 

Rustic Wedding Decor Good design comes from the heart, not the brain.  So when you think of your ideal rustic wedding decor, find inspiration first — looks that you love — colors and textures that delight you.  

Rustic Wood and Glass Box with Hinged Lid & Lighted Candle
Wood and Glass Box  |  Taylor Street Favors

The best part about this wood and glass box is that it is something you really will want to use at home too!


White enamel pitcher with wild flowers and purple ribbon on outdoor table.
French Provencal Style Enamel Pitcher | Taylor Street Favors 

This enamel pitcher is a simple and casual centerpiece natural.  Add flowers and you are done.  You will want to have this for home use too.


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Rustic Wood Place Card Holders with Place Card 

I chose these because they are made from real wood. There are less expensive resin birch logs available (we carry the resin ones too), but if your budget can accommodate these, real wood wins the day.


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tonoandco.com Ribbons & Textiles

If you want to skip the burlap, consider hand dyed silk for your table runners, pocket squares and bouquets.  Janelle Nicole Wylie, the owner of Tono + co. creates beautiful one-of-a-kind hand dyed fabrics.  Awesome.


 

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Wood Blocks for Guest Book Alternative

Not only is this a lighthearted wedding guest book alternative, it happily lives on after your wedding day as a game-night essential that will rekindle memories every time you play.  I wish we had thought of this for our wedding — we play this game often and it would have been so easy to set up for guests, either at a reception table or incorporated at each place setting.


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Personalized Leather Guestbook with Kraft Paper

If you are looking for a more traditional wedding guest book, this one is not only made with natural leather and kraft paper, it looks the part too – refined but not fussy.  Makes a beautiful personalized keepsake.


Rustic Wedding Favors:  At their best, favors are meant to be a thoughtful way to show your guests your appreciation for participating in your wedding day.  I’ve written about selecting favors here before, so I’ll just refer you to that article from last year here, and leave you a few suggestions of popular rustic favors we love.

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Miniature Galvanized Buckets

Super cute and truly a miniature version of its workhorse name sake, these galvanized buckets could be filled with just about anything – candy, plants, candles, confetti, crayons – to name a few.


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Miniature Picnic Basket Favors  |  Taylor Street Favors

 

Continuing the miniature theme, these picnic basket favors are almost as versatile as the mini-buckets above…and they might even be cuter.  Not shown in the image, they come with a solid lid too, in addition to the double handles and classic woven wicker design.



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Rustic Wood Print Favor Box

While these card stock wood print boxes have been around awhile, they continue to be very popular — easily customized with our personalized black chalkboard style label, and affordable.


Rustic Inspired Wedding Gifts – these gifts prove that rustic can be fun too.  

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Personalized Wood Trimmed Flask

This flask makes a great gift for your entire wedding party – guys & gals both will appreciate this personalized reminder of their participation in your wedding day.


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Personalized Wood Cuff Links with Gift Box

Available in two finishes – cherry or white oak, these round wood cufflinks with toggle backings in a personalized wood box make gift giving easy.


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Personalized Wood Heart Treasure Box

Our wood heart treasure box comes in two sizes and can be laser engraved with up to two lines of text.  The inside is bare wood, and the two sizes can be nested, if you want to kick it up a notch and get both.


 

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Happily Ever After | Photo by Ben Rosett on Unsplash

Happy rustic wedding planning!

“First, think. Second, believe. Third, Dream.  And finally, dare”.  -Walt Disney

 

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Go the extra mile. It’s never crowded

Featured image: Clark Tibbs | Unsplash


Going the extra mile & the awesome power of making a difference.

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Thomas AE | Unsplash

Wedding season is in full swing.  Feels like a good time to pause and take a breath.

This is a shout out to our fellow wedding pro’s everywhere and to the brides & grooms who have hired you as their wedding planner, their DJ, their videographer, venue, caterer, wedding cake baker, stylist, florist, and yes — their favors & gifts provider too!

Wedding Professionals – It is difficult to consistently perform at 100%+!  We worked hard to win the business in the first place, and maybe we overpromised a wee-bit, and minimized the challenges of delivering the vision the wedding couple described in such vivid detail.  Well, now its time to make good on that commitment.  And we can do it – in fact, we must — our about-to-be-married couple is counting on us to go the extra mile.  What we do matters, and we know that little things make a big difference.

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Photo by John-Mark Smith on Unsplash

 

Brides & Grooms – Your wedding professional is undoubtedly good at what he or she does.  The reviews you read validate it, their prior work demonstrates it, and you wouldn’t have decided on her or him if your gut didn’t tell you that too.  They are pushing themselves to make your event – extraordinary.  And while you are paying for their expertise, we all know that putting in the blood, sweat & tears necessary is tough. Simple gestures of thanks can make an incredible difference.  Go the extra mile and let your wedding professionals know how much you appreciate having them on your team – today!

 

David and I make exceptional customer service one of  Taylor Street Favors’ cornerstones.  It is one of the ways we go the extra mile.  David and I believe strongly in making every customer feel equally important and appreciated, something we did not experience as a same sex couple planning our wedding. Unfortunately, almost everyone will tell you that providing great customer service is a core part of their business. It can be difficult for customers to separate fact from fiction, especially when comparing similar products or services.

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Photo by John-Mark Smith on Unsplash

Here are three tell tale signs of excellent customer service – delivered by passionate wedding professionals who know how to “go the extra mile”…

  1. They respond to inquiries as quickly as possible;
  2. They listen, they don’t “pitch”, and they remember what you, the customer has told them;
  3. They fix mistakes – before they happen if possible.  [David and I always proof our customer’s personalization information,  routinely correcting errors and eliminating the expense & frustration of having a non-returnable custom gift or favor produced and delivered].  

Let’s all keep going the extra mile.  It might not be lonely, but it certainly will not be crowded.    

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Your Wedding Day Time Capsule Awaits

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” -Dr. Suess

We all know Dr. Suess is right, we just don’t necessarily act on this knowing, especially when in the midst of wedding planning.  And while beautiful wedding day photos and a professionally edited video are wonderful to look back on too, they do not re-connect us emotionally in the same way as a personal message tucked inside a wedding day time capsule does.

I’ve collected a few ideas to help you incorporate some type of time capsule into your wedding day.  Confession, we did not do this on our wedding day – not because we decided against it, but because we were not aware of it.  [And I absolutely am sufficiently cornball/romantic to have included this.] So heads-up, David. I am thinking of including some version of this into our lives now – almost 2 years post wedding day.

There are two ways couples usually incorporate the time capsule idea into their wedding day:  “Day of” ceremony time capsule or a Guestbook time capsule.

“Day of” Time Capsule

Supplies:  A box & paper.

Really, the supplies required do not create too high a bar, even for those of us who are DIY-averse or flat-out-of-time.  We have some options on Taylor Street for boxes & stationery that will not only add symbolic significance to the occasion, but also create a true wedding day keepsake.  A shoebox with blank paper or note cards, however, will do just fine.

Boxes:  Both of these keepsake boxes could first be used for your wedding reception, so they would not only be pulling double duty, they would have the added significance of having been a part of your wedding day itself.

 

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Tin Box with Blackboard Panel Display

 

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Vintage Inspired Wood Case with Hinged Lid

Paper:  There are many awesome stationery alternatives available for you to consider.  We have a few for that would work well, like these:

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Dandelion Wishes Note Card

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Fleur De Lis Note Card

The directions are straightforward. You each write a love letter to your soon-to-be spouse, expressing your feelings on this day — your wedding day — what you are most excited about, your hopes, what is most important to you about this day, and why & when you fell in love with him/her. You know, the emotional kind of “stuff”.

[And this idea is really awesome for a blended family ceremony – including your children in on the time capsule by adding their own notes makes it even more memorable.  And, it creates a potential family tradition with the opening of the time capsule and its periodic updating.]

 

 

Guestbook time capsule

This version has you asking guests to write you a note on a postcard you provide and drop it in your “time capsule” to be opened on your 1st anniversary.  This invites your guests to participate in a way that a guest book signature does not.  Here are a couple of ideas for collecting your postcards.

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Acrylic Box Card Holder

 

 

 

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Wine Barrel Card Holder

 

Kick it up a notch:  So a year has passed and you’ve opened up your time capsule on your one year anniversary.  You’ve read your letters over a glass of wine and eaten what remains of your wedding cake.  So now what?! Here are a few ideas for what to add for “the next time” — regardless of what time capsule option you decided on — for your 5 year anniversary, 10 year, … or whatever year you agree to re-open it.

  1. Take a picture of the two of you with the time capsule the day you open it up & include it for the next time;
  2. Include that day’s front page from your local paper or print-out from your favorite news source;
  3. Write about:
    1. The hardest moments you faced as a couple your first year;
    2. Your favorite memory of year one;
    3. A goal or prediction for the next time you open your time capsule;
  4. Write another personal note to each other.

You get the idea, there are lots of things you could include.  Just don’t make this list so long that it gets tedious.

Close it up, store it somewhere safe.  Done.

This may become a ritual that you continue the rest of your lives or it may be something you enjoy once and set aside. Regardless, your notes to each other or notes from your friends & family will become something you will be able to look back on, reflect & reminisce when you do happen upon it – especially after it has gathered dust for years.  Your children may also enjoy the opportunity to glimpse a bit more about you as well, in your own writing and in your own words … “when you were young”.

Life goes by pretty fast and if you are like me, unless we force some pauses along the way to reflect and reconnect, we miss some awesome & inspiring moments, unique opportunities to really connect with each other.

Your time capsule may help you both re-connect, to a younger you and to each other.  Sweet.