Day 3: Mexican Fiesta - 4th of July Bash

Cheers to the last day of our amazing 4 day Family Reunion! The Mexican Fiesta went off as a huge success. People loved the food, vibe and atmosphere. It helps that the weather was picture perfect too!

Take a peek at our set up for this day! We did not have a professional photographer to document the beauty, so we did our best to capture the true look of the day. Whenever we try and do pictures ourselves it makes us appreciate professionals even more! :)

Thanks to Tam at Isari the florals were INSANE! Ugh we could just eat them all up. The color, texture and vibrance was exactly what our vision was for the day.

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Day 2: A Traditional 4th of July Bash

Happy Sunny Tuesday! This post is the perfect one to wake you up this morning and kick start your day! Our 4th of July event was so full of color and happiness. We went with traditional elements in the decor and had the menu of the day to follow suit. Thanks so much to Tam at Isari Floral, the colors in the floral were perfection.

My favorite part of the set up was the beach. We brought in these amazing wooden cabana's from Farm Tables and More. We had white day beds under them with a collection of pillows, ferns, games and fully stocked baskets with any beach necessity you could imagine. It also helps when tray passed servers are greeting you with cocktails and apps. Guests truly had the 5 star hotel experience but with the comfort and ease of home!

A HUGE thank you to Lauren Natalie Photography for the images!

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A Private Residence Wedding That Goes Down In The Books

Welcome to Allison and Justin's Wedding... The fashion designer took her spin on weddings for a change and did a darn good job. It was so much fun to work with Allison and Justin, they are the perfect combo of romance and child like fun. We cant wait to see what they both conquer in life because we can almost bet it is going to be spectacular.

Having the wedding in the backyard of the home she grew up in is pretty special. Each and every detail was perfect to them as a couple and guests were boasting in ambiance!

Get ready to have your breath taken away. There simply aren’t words that will do this wedding justice, but these images from Ashley Kelemen speak for themselves.

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Coordinator:Before I Do Events
Photographer: Ashley Kelemen
Florist: Sweet Marie Designs
Wedding Dress: Carol Hanah
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Hair Jewelry: Paris by Deborah Moreland
Veil: Veiled Beauty
Hair: Lacy at Dry Bar, Carmel Valley
Makeup: Krysta Demetris
Ceremony Band: Dawn Mitschele
Reception Dance Band: Jordan Music Entertainment
Catering: Wild Thyme Catering
Cake: VG's Bakery
Party Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Lighting: San Diego Events Lighting Company
Valet: Preferred Valet Parking

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
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