Our Interns: Meet Cassidy and Nichole!

We can not say more thankful and amazing words about our team of interns! We really would not be the strong unit that we are without their dedication and support on each and every event. We love and appreciate them more then words can describe. I want to formally introduce our longest running interns of 2014!  How fun are they!?

Meet Cassidy:

Born in Australia, raised in Northern California, currently living the dream in San Diego. Cassidy moved here for college and just finished at San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies. Although kids will always have her heart, she has found a special knack for event planning.  Since she was a little girl Cassidy has had a passion for making others peoples day brighter and she loves being able to do that with Before I Do Events. “It is such a privilege to be able to be a part of one of the most memorable and exciting days of a couples life. This internship is all about helping celebrate love and new adventures in people’s lives and there is nothing I enjoy more than that”!

  • Whiskey. Lace. Sparkles. All of it. Together 
  • Kids Laughs. My favorite thing in the world 
  •  Avocado – on anything, everywhere, all the time, lots of it
  • Random trains in Europe. For me life is always better lived spontaneously with friends
  • Buying flowers at farmers markets. It always makes me happy
5 dislikes:
  • Slow walkers
  • Cats. Love kittens, hate cats. Sorry cat lovers
  • Anything that involves math
  • Messy spaces
  • Forgetting chapstick
Meet Nichole:

Born in California, raised in Washington state, and now back in California as it was her first love she is currently living in San Diego. Nichole adores her family with all her heart. She loves spending time with her three adorable little nieces Chicka, Nuggie, and fries - they are her little happy meal. Throughout this internship Nichole has found a love and passion for the events industry. She loves the beauty of it all but she has  surprisingly also discovered her love for logistics. She loves solving problems, getting it done, and accomplishing anything thrown her way. Needing to be in 12 places at once, the numerous time crunches throughout the day, Nichole's answer is always... BRING IT ON! She loves seeing the orchestration first hand and loves seeing all the beautiful events come together from start to finish. Nichole really enjoys spending her California days outside the office and away from the desk by attending fun meetings with all our clients as well as taking beautiful venue tours in the sun. She is a wonderful right hand woman and an assistant that can do it all.

  •  Family. It’s most important to me
  • Hearing people whole heartedly laugh till there are tears in their eyes
  • Midnight talks at the beach about all and everything.
  • DISNEYLAND!!! I will forever and always be a kid at heart.
  • Did I say my family?
5 dislikes:
  • Kale chips-bleh!
  • Rude people. There is no need for you !
  • Clutter, reduce and organize it. Asap.
  • People with bad hygiene. Wash your hands!
  • Litter bugs
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Long Overdue: Alicia Strom

This post is LONG over due. I want to formally introduce Alicia my partner at Before I Do. I have been so very fortunate to have known Alicia over the past few years. She first came on our team as an intern and very quickly we fell in love with her work ethic and zest for life. We worked her hard and she kept asking for more, that was when we knew she was a keeper. She quickly grew with the company and even better we grew in our friendship. When Tammi phased out of the wedding side of what we do, I knew in my heart, Alicia was the perfect person to step into the role. I am so blessed to call her my partner. She is the kindest and most authentic person I know.  I can promise that each and every bride/groom that has worked with her would undoubtedly agree with my statement.

Raised in Minnesota, Alicia's found appreciation for the San Diego sunshine and life's exciting adventures is apparent from the moment you meet her. Always inspired by her surroundings, she is quick to pick up on the little details that make each couple and celebration distinct. This ability to exist in the moment combined with an all-around enthusiasm for life, love and beauty makes her a joy to work with. And, as many a bride and groom can testify, she's been known to make a friend - or ten - in the process. Her extreme attention to detail, creative style and poise has become priceless to our events.

​Traveling everywhere | Europe has a piece of her heart
​Attracted to laughter
​Loves Presecco
​Sun & water | ​beaches​
Lover of love ​& life​

Messy Clutter
Dead plants

Thank you to Jaslynn Asp and Thy Lam from Fresh Face Era for making us look beautiful. A huge thanks to Carmen at Carmen Santorelli Photography

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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.
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