Day 1: "Farm To Table" of our 4th of July Party

We recently wrapped up an annual 3 day family reunion party that we do each year for this family. It is the event of the year, for not only all the family members, but our team as well. It is one to write in the books as it is FILLED with activities, amazing food/drinks and story book views. The Before I Do team takes on each and every element of the planning for this event. This year Tammi's boyfriend and his team of sous chefs headed up all the catering! We are so proud of Walter and his team because our client is a foodie to the highest degree and he was over the moon with the display of perfection that they put on. 

Each day is a different theme so for the next 3 weeks we will be sharing one of the days...

Today's look is Farm to Table. The family is 100% organic and one with nature so this theme was so comforting to them and I believe was the favorite of the three days. :) We incorporated a ton of fresh herbs and potted plants along with veggies and fruit cascading from all angles. The wood tables/benches and rustic vintage decor pieces really played a nice balance in the home which is full of pops of color. The menu complimented our look perfectly, with elements like our cheese display.

Take a look through the images and just imagine being there for the day, with a row of massage beds laid out on the beach for anyone who wants them and surf lessons going on in the shore break. Perfection! I don't know about you but I want to be a part of this family!

A huge thank you to Isari Flower Studio and Marisa McBride Photography for all the beauty...

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A perfect way to SLOW DOWN time on your big day!

It’s official: we are completely and totally obsessed with slow motion video booths!
​They went viral a while back but are now the new trend for weddings and events and we can say from experience ​- THEY ARE AWESOME​!

We know everyone loves taking home the ​photo strips as souvenirs but ​these slow mo ​video booths add a whole new dynamic element of humor and allow guests to get way more creative. ​It is such​ a cool way to capture everyone's personality... and the fun and frivolity! ​

Us girls at Before I Do Events first came across this trend in April at a party hosted by Tap Productions and we would be lying if we said we didn’t spend a majority of our night behind that camera.​ :) It was just TOO MUCH FUN (facial expressions you never knew you had tend to come out)!​ Check out our video below to see what this new craze is ​all ​about!

Enjoy! :)

TAP Annual Party 2014 Slow Motion Video from Tim Altbaum on Vimeo.

Soaking up their Love: Haley and Jeff's Engagement Shoot in Mammoth

As much as we are all excited to welcome summer to the beautiful beaches of San Diego, we still can’t get over this winter engagement photo shoot in the snow. Our sweet couple Haley and Jeff had their engagement photos taken in beautiful Mammoth by the talented SheWanders.

Haley and Jeff absolutely loved working with SheWanders! Haley stated that her, “favorite part of the shoot was definitely Suzanne & Mike - they were AMAZING! They made us feel so comfortable and natural in front of the camera...we felt we could really be ourselves and enjoy the moment. The landscape was stunning and when the sun set behind the mountain, it was so beautiful it literally gave us the chills”.

We are so excited to celebrate Haley and Jeff and the undeniable love that illuminates between the both of them. I think we can all agree that these pictures are simply amazing and you can see the happiness radiating from each other!!! It has been so much fun working with them because of how sweet, fun, stylish, and genuine they are. We feel so honored to be able to be a part of their big day coming up in June and we can't wait to reveal all the fun little details we've been working on with them! Think romance, garden inspired, organic greenery, vines and garlands with clean and simplistic lines. Lots of beauty to come not to mention we know Haley is going to make one of the most beautiful brides.

Words from the Bride to be, “the entire wedding process has been incredibly fun - we keep pinching ourselves that our turn is next and how lucky we were to find each other. To be able to share that love with our family and friends and hopefully throw an awesome party is like icing on the cake!”

Stay tuned to see more of their beautiful love story unfold! Their wedding date is just around the corner: June 28th, 2014!!!

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True Foods: Farm to Table Inspiration Shoot

It has been so much fun seeing the images and reflecting on the fun we had working on our Farm to Table - True Foods inspiration shoot.  We collaborated with the AMAZING Sharon from Organic Elements to showcase a Rehearsal Dinner.  We instantly fell in love with the vibe at True Food Kitchen and wanted to stay true to the location which is all about organic, healthy, and happy living!

We played off the organic and natural elements that TFK has to offer. We used their wood tables and benches, potted plants, and chicken wire baskets filled with colorful vegetables throughout. We placed a vintage floor rug, muted patterned pillows, and a cozy earthy throw to soften the wood elements. The table top was full of texture, from clusters of oriental hon-shimeji mushrooms (they are aesthetically amazing), organic garden alfalfa sprouts and seeds were tucked subtly within the beautiful blooms and place settings. We glammed up the space by throwing in a few hints of vintage and sophisticated garden inspired accents including some of my favorite blush goblets and vintage white lace china. Not to mention stunning garden roses, and cut glass decanters.

We had so much fun blending the overall organic feel with lots of romance and the warmth of a good ol fashioned meal! A rehearsal dinner’s foundation is full of love and a time for people to share true quality time together so it only felt natural to incorporate romantic and warm touches throughout the overall feel of the space.
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Vendor Credits:
Florist: Sharon Mintz from Organic Elements
Event Coordination & Styling: Alicia Strom from Before I Do Events
Rentals: Archive Rentals
Print Work: Coastyle Events by Jillian Ziska
Photography: Joey from Half Full Photography
Venue & Catering: True Food Kitchen

Dress Shopping Made Easy for you and your Bridesmaids

I think we can all agree that trying to find the perfect bridesmaid dress for all of your best friends to flaunt on your big day is anything but easy. It’s OK you can say it... it’s sometimes hard finding the right color, the right mix-n-match look, the right dress that fits each of your bridesmaids perfectly. Well, lucky for you think we stumble upon BrideSide that offers a concept which will make this process super easy and fun for you and all your girls!

Think of this.... A girls night in with lots of snacks, lots of bubbly and getting the chance to play dress up with all your favorite girls in preparation for your BIG day. How exciting and perfect, right (exactly our thoughts)? For $10 you can browse their website, get a stylist online and order three of your favorite dresses to try on in your own home! Yes, you heard it right. You can try on your bridesmaids dresses in the comfort of your own home. You can even mail dresses to anywhere in the country if some of your bridesmaids don’t live in your area. Yes, they can also try on the dresses without ever leaving their home. After you and all your favorite girls decide on the perfect dress for everyone, you simply just return the ones you don’t want. Yes, it’s that easy.

Not only is this super easy, but you get a personal stylist and can buy with confidence. Check it out ladies. It’ll be the easiest decision you make in your wedding planning process! ;)

1st: A beautiful bride outfitted her maids in this elegant champagne gown
2nd: This bride dressed her maids in a flawless peachy pink Donna Morgan.
3rd: A relaxed light pink Lela Rose ​looks like the perfect dress for a beach wedding

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A Perfect Glimpse of Pure Joy: Anthony and Lauren

We are so thrilled to share these sweet, sweet moments of Lauren and Anthony’s engagement photos that were captured by the wonderful Carmen Santorelli. We just love the emotion Carmen captured in their photos, they could be on the cover of The Notebook! There’s nothing better than puppies, a beach, and a couple in love.

There is so much genuine joy and love that flows from this amazing couple and we have absolutely loved every second of planning their big day with them! Lauren is one of the sweetest and most genuinely happy girls we have met and Anthony’s sense of humor is beyond infectious and contagious. Through this whole process they have both truly become so near and dear to our hearts. We are beyond excited for them to share the rest of their lives together.

Lauren once told us that, her and Anthony are the epitome of ‘what’s meant to be will be’. And, it’s so true! It has been an amazing four month planning process were everything has literally just fallen into place perfectly, the way it’s meant to be. They took on the challenge of a short planning process and in no time we locked down their date and their desired beach front venue as all the little details took flight. In no time, with daily communication we developed a wonderful friendship that we are both so thankful for (again, meant to be).

Lauren and Anthony are so in love and they simply couldn’t wait to marry one another with the support of all their friends and family this past Friday, April 11th 2014. Their love was radiant and their joy was shared with everyone present! We can’t wait to share their beautiful wedding with you soon...

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The PhotoBus!

Stop it! That is all we can say.  This is the BEST and most refreshing concept we have seen in a while! We are loving The PhotoBus over here at Before I Do Events.

All bookings are custom packages to fit the event. The price points range from $800-for a basic 2 hr cocktail hour- to around 1400$ for an all day event. One of the best parts is their Social Media Kiosk. Set up right next to the booth, the kiosk allows guests to Facebook Post, Tweet, eMail, Re-print, and Text there photo strips seconds after snapping them! The bus works great for outdoor and indoor venues! (Can fit through conventional double doors)!

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