On Saturday, December 19th, we were invited to celebrate the Holidays at Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley.
The event started with some wine tasting from Kieu Hoang Winery and appetizers from Lee’s Sandwiches and Smokin’ Steve’s Pit BBQ Catering. The guests were then invited to proceed to Grand Prix to witness a processional of 100 couples who will be getting married at the Hummingbird Estate, a marching band, four horses, horse carriage and 6 helicopters.
After the procession, guests proceeded to The Barn where the dinner and live entertainment were taking place.
The dinner featured 20 main courses starting with beef and chicken kabobs from Masrour Catering followed by sushi, Kobe beef and Santa Barbara Prawn from Q Sushi. We also tasted amazing fried crawfish, crawfish etouffee, gumbo and crawfish Egg Rolls from World Famous Noel Abbeville Farm. After all this, we got lamb chops, Okinawa Purple Sweet Potato and Heirloom Carrots from Command Performance Catering. The evening ended with a fashion show, cake cutting as well as live band performances.
We certainly had a great time and we thank the owner Kieu Hoang for the generous invitation to celebrate at the beautiful Hummingbird Nest Ranch.
We recently did a site visit to Avalon Hotel Palm Springs. It is a very chic and boutique style venue. If you like modern and chic then this venue is for you. There’s a total of 67 guest rooms, some with a terrace or private patio. There are 13 historic one and two bedroom villas with full kitchens.
There are 3 pools – 1 family pool and 2 adult only.
One of our personal favorites was the Presidio Courtyard for a wedding reception under the stars. Since Palm Springs has a noise restraint, there’s the option of holding your after party in the Presidio Ballroom.
We loved the Avalon Hotel and we hope you will too.
Villa Royale Inn Palm Springs is an intimate boutique hotel with a lot of history and character. There are several ceremony and reception options at the Villa Royale Inn. You can choose to have your ceremony in the garden or with the mountain as the backdrop. For the reception, guests can dine by the pool under the stars or in the charming Europa Restaurant. This is the perfect wedding venue for those planning intimate celebrations.
Over the next couple of weeks, we will be featuring wedding and event venues we had the privilege of visiting this past weekend in Palm Springs.
Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs is such an unique space that will attract music lovers all around. The hotel is like a museum in itself, every corner contains something guests can stop and look at.
We loved this lounge area where we can easily host a cocktail party.
Lot of great areas around the hotel where attendees can take pictures.
Hard Rock Hotel also contains several ballroom spaces including the Woodstock Ballroom that can accommodate up to 600 guests. We also loved this great pool area where we can host a pool party and other event functions.
Photo credit: Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs Website
So you’ve finished planning all the big details for your wedding and now in home stretch. It’s time to think about all the remaining wedding items you may need to purchase or make such as wedding favors, money box, and the guestbook. Rather than traditional guestbooks, we’ve come up with some alternative wedding guestbook ideas. Hope these ideas will help you come up with a fun and unique guestbook idea that is all about you.
Mason Jar of Hearts
Photo credit: Etsy
Message in a Bottle
Photo credit: Glamour and Grace Blog
Wooden State Cutout – Perfect for long distance couples.
We had the privilege of coordinating a NYC themed Bat Mitzvah for Lindsey at Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica. We were lucky to work closely with Lindsey’s mom who was extremely creative and organized which made our job really easy. The big day started at the Wilshire Blvd. temple and all the guests were greeted by Lindsey’s New York Bagel Bar after the service ended.
Michele wanted to transform the Casa Del Mar ballroom into a big NYC themed party. As guests entered the ballroom, they were greeted by a large I LOVE NY floral arrangement with escort cards on yellow taxi cabs.
Each table was decorated with a specific theme related to New York such as Broadway, Times Square, Statue of Liberty, TV show ‘Friends’, Little Italy and Chinatown. The backdrop was an image of the New York City skyline.
Another main theme was Lindsey’s Candy Bar. The Cocktail Reception area was decorated with candy everywhere and the kids’ area was transformed to a candy paradise with lollipops hanging from the ceiling and all sorts of candy scattered on the tables. Drinks from the bar were also decorated with candy.
Our lovely Guest of Honor, Lindsey.
A party is not a party without some party favors. Guests departed with a box of Krispy Kreme donuts.
We recently did a site visit at Westlake Village Inn which is located in the Conejo Valley. This 17-acre resort offers a luxurious retreat destination for its guests. The venue offers several stunning options for ceremony sites. The sites range from $1500 – $5000 which includes chairs, microphone and speaker, water station, gift and guestbook tables and one night stay in a courtyard hotel room.
There are also many beautiful sites perfect for bride and groom and wedding party photos.
There are several reception spaces available with spaces ranging from 50 person capacity up to 200 person capacity. Dinner reception packages starts from $80.00 per person up to $150.00 per person.
For more information on the venue, visit the Westlake Village Inn website here.
We love to plan weddings that show off the personality of the bride and groom. We found the following unique place setting ideas that have inspired us. These place settings give guests a feel for the type of wedding they are attending. We hope you find one that you like and may possibly use at your own wedding.
We attended the Grand Opening and Bridal Show at Oak Canyon Ranch in Agoura Hills. This venue is perfect for you if you are planning a rustic, barn/ranch style and outdoor wedding. This gorgeous site is 48 acres and located in the Santa Monica mountains. The maximum capacity for an outdoor ceremony and reception is 400. The rental fee ranges from $4000 – $7000 and includes 12 hours of event time including set up and strike. Catering is also provided on site. Check out some of the photos we took of the venue.
Ceremony site #1
The venue also has beautiful groom’s suite and bridal suite for the wedding party to use for the day.
This can be used as a cocktail reception location.
Ceremony site #2
This can be used as a cocktail reception or dinner reception.