Blissful Events

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Have you heard about the fires that raged through Napa Valley? It was one of the tragedies of 2017, alongside with all the other fire-ravaged areas in California. They left a trail of burnt landscape and scorched homes in its path, but the one of the biggest blows to the Napa Valley was to its reputation. This is so unfortunate, since I adore the wine country there. It’s one of the most gorgeous places on the planet, and it’s the perfect spot to have your dream wedding. And that’s the thing, these beautiful destinations were untouched by the fire, but all the news coverage painted a picture of a valley reduced to a wasteland. While it’s unfortunately true of some of the area, only 10 of the 1,200 wineries were destroyed or very damaged. Which means, Blissful Events is still open for business!

Samar of Blissful Events wedding planning is one of the sweetest and most industrious ladies I know. Her passion has been planning and putting on the most wonderful weddings in the Napa Valley, and it shows! After the fires, the wineries in the area have had to remind the rest of the world that they still exist, and that they still own some of the most wondrous landscapes known to man. Samar has been working on a campaign to raise awareness, and to bring back the popularity of winery weddings. She’s trying to restore that well-deserved attention of the wineries for their beautiful vineyards, country estates and stunning backdrops that all work hand in hand to perfectly mix a couple’s love for wine, food, and the prettiest locations.

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This is truly the dream wedding location. The lush and gorgeous vineyards remain untouched by the flames, and the estates are still so strong that it seems they’ll stand for centuries to come. A wine country wedding with Blissful Events is the foodie’s paradise: with the best produce in the country, your menu options are as vast as they are choice, and you’ll be able to choose each menu item and dessert. And of course, the wines will always hold up to their incredibly renowned quality. If you’re someone that loves to relax and enjoy what’s important, then letting Samar handle all the nitty gritty details is the perfect solution for you. She will let you really experience your wedding day, while she takes care of guest lists, budget management, timelines, and design planning for your big day. When you’re on cloud nine, she’ll remain down-to-earth handling it all.

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If you’re ready to start planning your dream wine country wedding, but are worried about their availability, worry no more. Blissful Events is your one-stop-shop for making those dreams come true, and they’ll never look better than in the Napa Valley area. I can’t recommend Samar higher. She’s truly a legend in her field, and she’ll treat your wedding as if it’s the most important event ever to happen - because it is! There are plenty of spots open for reservation for 2018 and 2019, but they’re being snatched up quickly. Contact Samar here to reserve your spot, and make your dream wedding a reality!

Love your Home this fall | Trend Watch and Inspiration

Pillow from Etsy

We love our summer whites around here, and the breezy, bohemian feel of the warmer months. But, Autumn is calling, and it’s time to get our homes ready! We are swapping out lightweight linens, crisp whites and citrus scents for the rich textures of fall, spicy candles, and rustic tones like oatmeal, pewter and burnt orange. Here’s our ideas to get your home ready for the crisper, cooler weather... just add a pumpkin latte and a good book!

Photos: Left & Right-Betsy Blue Photography | Middle: Pottery Barn

These richly toned pumpkin pillows will add a quick burst of fall colors to a neutral room without a ton of expense. The intricate panel on each pillow is velvet, and you know I am all about the mix of textures! You can find them right here at Pottery Barn. We also like this pumpkin pillow and it’s watercolor look (it would look great on a grey or taupe couch, or a big cozy chair. 

Nothing says “fall” like a big, woven basket. While Pottery Barn shows it filled with pinecones, we think this basket would be adorable filled with cozy throws! We love this cable-knit throw from Target (and it’s under $50) in the marigold color. Try pairing it up with a faux fur throw for a welcoming look.  Don’t forget your table decor...after all, that’s where you’ll be serving up fabulous treats for Thanksgiving and all your holiday parties this fall. We really love the terra cotta pumpkins from Ballard Designs...they’re unexpected and elegant in their own way, and they look stunning with mercury pumpkin accents for a nice contrast. Add in taupe linens and rustic pieces for the perfect centerpiece that will leave your guests raving! 

Photos:  Left-Restoration Hardware | Right-Pottery Barn

Business Spotlight | Minery Rentals

Today, I’m so delighted to share with you a brand new venture, offering Southern Oregon and the surrounding areas exclusive access to incredible furnishings! "Minery Rentals was born out of a strong design to see more luxury, modern and unique world traveled treasures to the Rogue Valley and surrounding areas. We love well-traveled pieces that come with a story, but our priority is rooted in quality as well. We’ve had a huge response from the local community, and are so thrilled to be involved in the wedding industry on an even deeper level, as well as events, home staging and styled photo shoots.”, explains owner Betsy Tomasello, who launched the curated and unique brand in 2015. 

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The rental inventory is available to anyone, and the target audience includes weddings, special occasions, corporate marketing events and conferences, and staging real estate properties. “We have a wide range of clients, and welcome inquiries for any type of rental need”, continues Betsy, "and we are happy to ship our items to pretty much any area. Just drop us an email with your event details for a custom delivery quote."

"We strive to make everything as simple and easy as possible. Clients can schedule a private warehouse viewing or stop by during one of our open houses to pick out their items. And, we are constantly updating our website to allow clients the ability to browse all of our inventory online as well! Reservations made in house or via email at mineryrentals@gmail.com just need a 50% deposit and a signed rental contract to reserve the items”, she adds. 

The rental service fills a void that was needed in Southern Oregon for beautiful, unique and high-quality pieces. Minery Rentals has a huge range of decor items including tabletop pieces, natural wood consoles, the highly coveted vineyard chairs, and a mix of high-end Restoration Hardware pieces, including some of their beautiful chandeliers.  

For more information,  please visit their website here. 

Hosting the Perfect Farm to Table Dinner Party

What better way to usher in summer sun, longer nights, and warmer temperatures than hosting a beautiful farm to table dinner? Gather up your friends and some good wine, and make it happen! We recently styled this gorgeous spread, and have a few tips for you as you plan your own!

-Be flexible: When working with local produce and farm-to-table recipes, you have to have a loosely planned menu in case an ingredient doesn’t pan out. Be flexible and keep your mind open to last minute changes.

-Prepare as much as you can ahead of time:  Mason jars and other glass containers can hold dressings, drinks, and other side items that you want to prep early on. You want lots of time with your guests, and fresh food is why you are there!

-Don’t forget seasonal drinks! We love the idea of a basil lemonade, or fruit infused waters to add some extra flair to your menu. Large glass drink dispensers look beautiful wreathed in greenery and filled with pretty waters!

-Send your guests home with goodies! We whipped up some little preserve jars with mini wooden spoons, and tucked them inside strawberry containers for a reusable favor. Other ideas would be recipes (especially for the foods you served that evening), glass jars, pretty dishtowels, or soaps from local artisans.

-Lastly, set the mood! Beautiful lighting and styled decor (of course we love the look of ample greenery, crisp whites and linens, and simple glass cups with twine and burlap mixed in) can help make your guests feel at home and welcome. If you’re interested in professional styling, give me a call!

Trend Watch | Faux Windowpanes

Have you seen the fun faux windowpanes popping up in decor lately? They’re so cute, and I’ve been dreaming up ways to incorporate them into my styling. I noticed them on HGTV’s Fixer Upper recently, where stylist Joanna Gaines used them to liven up one of her renovations. She always has great taste, and I’ve seen her add them in, mixed with greenery and other accents to work with the distressed wood. With this trend, you can do anything from a subtle photo frame with a windowpane style, to a full, vintage window with the glass removed. 

You could use a simple photo frame like this floating windowpane one from Target like this one (for under $35!) to bring a subtle touch of the french inspiration to your home, or you could scour salvage yards for real vintage windows and bust out the glass panes. Make sure, if you find old windows at thrift stores or yard sales, to watch for shards of glass and splinters. Sand down rough edges and make sure it’s safe before mounting with heavy duty hardware!

You can also incorporate them into wedding or event decor! It takes a bit more planning and effort, but they can be hung as a beautiful backdrop for photos, or for a styled birthday or baby shower. Make sure you hang them from a strong beam or support so your guests don’t end up with one on their heads! Lastly, you can try a faux window as an alternative to a headboard! I saw this recently, but the example did not use a vintage window (I don’t think that would feel very nice to lean up against!), but they had a custom one made that looked like a windowpane. 

How would you use this trend?

BLUSH | FARM STYLED | WEDDING

From the Bride… Our wedding took place at a historical Farm in Southern Oregon. I was going for a beautiful rustic romantic blush wedding. We incorporated blush and ivory as our primary colors. We used vintage and romantic decor to create the perfectly beautiful palette for our romantic wedding.

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The morning of the wedding it was pouring down rain. My wedding stylist, Terrie Day,  called and notified me to my horror that we had to put up tents. I had dreamt of my beautiful reception area under the large oak trees with cafe lights strung about in a huge canopy. I was devastated by the weather. By the time I got in the model T to be driven down to my groom for our first look at the farm the weather had changed. The day was so romantic because of the rain in the morning and the sun came out right before the ceremony. It was as if God was shining down on us!

Photography: Tonya Poitevint | Videographer: Dustin Kuykendall | Floral Design: Terrie Day | Wedding Dress: Shirley's Fashion Boutique | Cake: Heather Nicholson | Invitations: Kimber Sweeney | Catering:Stephan Redmond | Hair + Makeup: Jordana Hixon | Wedding Venue: Hanley Farm | Calligraphy Envelopes: Letter Perfect Design | Model T: Geiger & Sons Model T Chauffeur Services | Vintage Furniture: Rosewood Vintage | Wedding Day Of Coordinator: Shannon Conklin | Wedding Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero | Wedding Signs & Vinyl: B&D Vinyl Designs | Wedding Stylist: Terrie Day |Allure With Decor

DREAMING OF PARIS | WEDDING | INSPIRATION

There’s a reason that Paris is the epitome of beauty, fine art, and style; the effortless charm seeps through everything, and we wanted to capture that feel with our shoot. We styled this modern parisian shoot with a few hints of bohemian flair, and kept it light and airy with colors like cream, blush, and gold. We anchored those breezy colors with touches of black. Our gorgeous model looked Paris-ready with her polished curls and ethereal headpiece. We wanted to capture the feel of an anticipatory bride awaiting her groom on the streets of one of the most romantic cities in the world…it almost feels like you have been swept right off to parisian streets, doesn’t it?

 

We also added lots of tulle to keep the airy feel, and to create the feeling of being weightless and fanciful. The tulle epaulets on the dress added a bit of fairy-tale romance, and balanced out the darker elements like the black and gold centerpieces. The gently curved and horizontal bouquet was dramatic but not too polished, and we kept the makeup on our model full of pouty pinks and delicate definition. 



Venue: Ashland Springs Hotel | Styling: Allure with Decor |  Photography: Olivia Leigh Photography Props and rentals:  Studio Decor | Wine glasses: Dr Lucille Ball | Gowns: Elizabeth Dye | Florist: Penny and Lulu | Bridal Accessories: Lacielle Roselle | Videography: Rebecca Masters Photography | Makeup: Janice Moon | Pre' de Provence products: Chris Wilkey