Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Real Event: Jesse's Graffiti Bar Mitzvah

I was approached by lovely woman named Deborah about planning her son Jesse's bar mitzvah. She had all kinds of great ideas about what themes she could do and what unique activities there could be. The end result could not have been a more spectacular event! We landed on a graffiti and street theme. This party was both an over the top, awesome theme, and a truly unique reflection of Jesse. Thank you to Shani Barel from Don't Smile Now for doing an incredible job shooting the photos of this event! 

 You would have been hard pressed to find an inch of this event that didn't have one street themed item on it. The various food stations were made to look like food trucks. Guests got to have custom tagged hats, license plates, and towels to take home with them. The party was decorated with tagged street signs, chain link fence, cones, and caution tape. Best of all, there were huge graffiti wall installations around the event space. The entry way had a custom made arch with Jesse's name on it. There was a "Jesse" graffiti wall in the party for guests to take photos in front of. And during the party there was a "live" graffiti artist making a custom made piece while guests watched the masterpiece unfold.



The centerpieces were tagged trash cans filled with hydrangea's from the garden. Tables had newspapers from all of Jesse's old birthdays. Deborah found mini trash cans to use for favors. She filled them with Jesse's favorite candy and then had a tagging artist do unique graffiti on each trash can. The sign-in poster was a tagged poster with Jesse's picture on it. Guests were given favor bags to take home all their loot, and got to tag them themselves. There was also a wire artist making custom made name art for guests to take home.

When it got dark and the party kicked into full swing, out came all of the light up toys. The DJ was handing out glow stick headbands, the pool had light up balls, the lounge furniture tables lit up, and out came the light up martini glasses filled with "chocolate mocktinis". Everyone toasted to Jesse with Pink's "Raise Your Glass" playing in the background. And to end the night, guests were given sparklers! Both kids and adults alike had an amazing time.

Even the event planners were joining in with the festivities! 

I truly had a fantastic time helping plan this event. Bar Mitzvahs are such an important time for a family, and it makes my job so much more enjoyable knowing that I could help make their celebration happen. 

Congratulations to the entire McAdams family! 


Event Planner - Cassandra Dyane Weddings & Events
Photographer - Don't Smile Now
Catering and Rentals - Cornucopia Catering
Graffiti - Parties by Curtis
Wire Art - The Entertainment Contractor
DJ - Mark Ray Entertainment

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Real Wedding: Jaime & John

I had such a wonderful time working with Jaime and John on their wedding last October at Bella Collina Towne and Golf Club. Jaime was a coordinator's dream bride! She knew exactly what she wanted and the results were beautiful! The overall look of the event was rustic and vintage, which matched the beautiful setting of Bella Collina perfectly. If you are on the look out for a San Clemente venue, Bella Collina's scenery can't be beat. Enjoy these photos courtesy of Tiffany Johnson from Eliza J. Photography


The flowers were done by Natural Charms Florals. They did an excellent job at capturing the natural, soft white look that Jaime was going for by using roses, babies breath, dahlias, hydrangea, lisianthus, and dusty miller.

Jaime put together some beautiful DIY details. We just loved the look of this guest sign in quilt! Every guest signed a scrap of fabric that was used to make a memory quilt. So fun!

Fans were given to guests as favors along with these darling custom made programs. 

The ring bearers carried a darling sign that brought the couple's fun sense of humor and personality to the ceremony.

The reception space was filled to bursting with charming, natural and rustic details. From the "We do" cake topper to the wooden tables with lace table runners, to the wine bottle centerpieces. Jaime's personality was everywhere! 

As Alumni of USC, the couple had the Trojan marching band make a surprise entrance at the reception. This was a fantastic crowd pleaser and amped up the atmosphere of the party. 

Thank you so much to Jaime and John for having me be a part of your big day. I wish you both many many years of happiness, fun, and Trojans victory to celebrate together!


Wedding Coordinator - Cassandra Dyane Weddings & Events
Photographer - Eliza J. Photography
Photo Booth - MainEvent Photo Booths
Transportation - Shooting Star Livery
Hair - Rachel Worch
Makeup - Tiffany Chadha
Entertainment - USC Marching Band