Planning our own wedding inspired us to get into the business - check out our own wedding blog post here!
Getting to be the wedding coordinator for my dear friend (and work wife) was such a wonderful opportunity. Carolina and I had gone through the many stages of wedding planning together - from dreaming of getting engaged a year earlier to her seeing me stress out about my wedding and then vice versa. She asked me to be her wedding coordinator after seeing me stress about decor not being placed aesthetically, and trusted me to do the job. She had also taken a lot of decor off of my hands (reuse!), so I was already familiar with a lot of the decor she was bringing. And as a beginning tablescape artist, I was excited to get to be the event designer for such a dear friend.
For my best friend's upcoming 23rd birthday, we just couldn't resist designing a Harry Potter-themed surprise birthday party as Fantastic Beasts had just come out! With leftover decor from our wedding, we put it all to good use recreating the magical feel of a Hogwarts feast.
Bread with Butter, Balsamic Vinegar, and Olive Oil; Champagne Grapes, Cheese, Prosciutto, and Crackers ; Sugar, Cinnamon, Chocolate Chip, and Valrhona Dark Chocolate Pearl Donuts
"We are going to have a housewarming party," we said over and over again. From moving into a studio right before our wedding to moving into a one bedroom down the hall after our honeymoon, we had been slowly cleaning and decorating our new place. After setting a date, we found the motivation to clean and organize! Plus, being sponsored by Ginger Labs, a local ginger beer company we found at the farmer's market, we were super excited to share our newfound love for the drink!
Original, Guava, White Peach, and Mango (added later!) Flavors
Sunday Morning Flowers from the Mountain View Farmer's Market
When Pastor Tim (who married us) invited us to a core group created to plan a third church service on Wednesday evenings, we immediately saw our name down when there was a need for decor. The challenge was creating centerpieces that weren't too wedding-like, but worked better in a church setting. With a budget of $50, we used the books we already had from our wedding and looked for additional pieces. Since we wanted an intimate feeling, we wanted to make use of tea light candles. But we definitely didn't want to use mason jars, as we thought those were overdone. Luckily we found this cute hexagonal jars at Daiso and gray stones to fill them with. With some preserved greenery tied together, we put together this simple but beautiful setup that fit under our budget! More pictures below.