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Come Together

The Wedding Standard Release Party was a blast to design and coordinate and truly a labor of love. I wanted the barn to feel home-spun, warm, fun and brilliant, just like the Wedding Standard and it’s creator. Come Together indeed: Florals by myself, Panacea & April Flowers. Food by Two Cooks, Rentals by Embellish Vintage, venue from Holland Ranch, Lighting by Grand Event, Photo-Pod by The Photo-booth Experience, Pod decor by Paper Sky Cupcakes by Enjoy Cupcakes. Music by über-DJ Malik Miko-Thorne. Thank you all for the love you showed to Cameron, Josh, myself, The Wedding Standard and to all those who continue to stay in love with what they do.

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Spanish Themed Birthday Celebration

It is so refreshing to design a birthday celebration for a longtime client. We couldn’t have asked for better weather on this special day; 70 degrees with a soft breeze and dappled sunlight on the deck. After guests arrived, delectable tapas were served by the talented, Two Cooks Catering. Champagne cocktails and Sangria were also offered. The menu was inspired by classic Spanish tapas, guests were able to enjoy five different tapas starting with a Spinach and Arugula Salad, fresh from Farmer’s Market. Next course were Catalonian Cabbage Rolls, followed by Spring Lamb Paella then Stuffed Piquillo Peppers, Fierce Potatoes, and Galician Scallops. For all you dessert lovers out there, a choice of layered carrot cake was served in the host’s honor and rich a chocolate chiffon cake was served in honor of the birthday girl. Guests were able to enjoy the celebration on beautiful natural wood tables from Got You Covered, adorned runners from famed linen source; La Tavola. The centerpieces were designed by me and reminded me of Spanish Flamenco skirts. The scenery was breath-taking, located at the top of San Luis Obispo Country Club with the coastline in the distance. Guests were treated to the gifted James Edwards and his guitar. Classical Spanish, Flamenco and Jazz underscored the entire afternoon. I really enjoyed this event, it was something different for me to design during a wedding season and it’s always nice to design a celebration for a cherished client.

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A Dazzling 7 years: The joy and challenge of transformation.

I wanted to share some designs from an annual corporate event that I have had the pleasure of producing for one of the best causes in town: The Dazzling Diamond Ball to benefit Hospice Partners of the Central Coast.

Hospice Partners have been assisting people and their families through the most difficult transition we all have to make; the transition from flesh to spirit.The staff and volunteers of Hospice Partners provide a calm, compassionate and profound service to these individuals, their loved ones and the community.

For more information on this inspiring organization click on the Hospice link above.

You can’t have a Dazzling Diamond Ball without a Dazzling Diamond and Steven DeLuque and Jeff Mackeegan of Marshalls Jewelers, has provided a stunning piece of jewelry every year. The one of a kind piece reflected the theme perfectly: Pearls for Japan, and a sapphire pendant for Treasure Island.

Every year we took the Embassy Suites Ballroom and transformed it into another place. Guests didn’t know what the theme was until they arrived. It built excitement and raised the expectation. It also gave us more time to perfect it!

Corinne Smith, the Bloom Diva and owner of Panacea Event Floral Design was by my side for all seven years providing inspiration, brilliant centerpieces and accent flowers that always brought life and distinction to the theme. Thank you my dear friend!

Bill Gaines Audio provided lighting for years 1 through 6 and Kramer Entertainment provided lighting the last year, a favorite theme: Pirate’s Cove on Treasure Island.

Photos are provided by Julie Wilson, Allyson Magda and Mike Larson Inc.

The photos are far too many to show here but I give you a sampling of a few favorite years. Each theme was flushed out completely. Working with the Chefs of the Embassy Suites to capture the essence of each theme with the cuisine and cocktails. The bar was a favorite spot to emphasize the chosen location: Shots of iced vodka when in Russia, sake when in Japan. The bartenders were truly sports and wore costumes I provided from Costume Capers.

Music is the underscoring to any great event and we always hired a fabulous band such as The Usonia Jazz Band, The Oasis Band and the San Luis Jazz Band. We also found amazing entertainment and had them playing in full swing when the ballroom’s doors opened. Taiko Drummers in Japan and sword fighting Pirates on Treasure Island.

Starting with a blank slate….



To Russia with Love


Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan



Dazzling Pirates!


Last year was unfortunately the very last Dazzling Diamond Ball. The economy has been tough on all non-profits. Please follow the link if you would like to donate, and thank you to all the volunteers, vendors for their contributions and hard work, and to the guests who have attended for the past 7 years. Your support has transformed lives.

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