Archives for August 2014

Rustic Napa Valley Love: Shirley & Spencer Married!

Happy Thursday Lovelies!

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It is a beautiful day here in Southern California, and today we have the pleasure of sharing one of our most fabulous wine country soirées with you. One of the things we love to do here at Marisa Nicole Events is travel – all over this great state, from coast to coast, and beyond – with our couples to plan and design the perfect wedding for them, in the setting they have always dreamed of! Last September our team took a trip up north to Napa to help Shirley & Spencer (one of our favorite couples of all time!) get hitched.

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Shirley & Spencer’s celebration was everything a wine country wedding should be and more. The natural beauty of the vineyard served as the perfect backdrop for the couple’s laid back, rustic fête. Shirley chose a pallet of diluted corals and peachy pinks, dusty grey, and creamy white, all grounded by medium brown elements. Large ruffled blooms were paired with smaller textured flowers and then housed in a variety of grouped mismatched vessels to create a sense of dainty boldness. We styled the wedding with a plethora of the double B’s: burlap and baby’s breath, and brought in both vintage and farm pieces including old suitcases, pails, and chicken wire to bring the couple’s look to life. The guests dined on exposed wooden farm tables and all of the chalkboard art was designed by our team to keep the party playful & witty.shirley and spencer-15 View More:

shirley and spencer-18One of the things I adored about this couple was their willingness to think outside the box. No programmatic items took place simply for the sake of tradition and they were more than happy to change things up from the usual “day of” wedding structure. We kicked off the party with the couple greeting their guests as they arrived for cocktail hour. A few crazy games of corn hole were played, drinks and yummy hors d’oeuvres were served, and a great time was had by all, right from the start! After a quick wardrobe change from the bride-to-be, the guests were invited under the tree (and toward the singularly fab metal Bessie) to witness the love birds partake in their vows.

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Shirley & Spencer were declared ‘Mr. & Mrs.’ and the reception festivities began (with a round of shots by the bridal party)! The happy guests dined on a farm-to-table feast (cooked over a live-fire pit next to the ceremony site) while enjoying some kick-booty Long Meadow Ranch wine. Everyone then proceeded to party like it was 1999! Activities included, but were not limited to: roasting s’mores, getting crazy in the photo booth, and dancing the night away.shirley and spencer-16 View More: shirley and spencer-11 View More:

On a personal note, this blog post is dedicated to Shirley’s beautiful mother, who I seriously fell in love with (and who has always been more than kind and welcoming to me). My thoughts and prayers go out to Shirley and her family during this difficult time.

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Fab Fall Interns Wanted!

photo-2I’m excited to announce that we are officially accepting resumes for our fall 2014 intern positions. We’re looking for college students who are energetic, super organized, well-styled and have great interpersonal communication skills. Our interns will gain experience in all aspects of wedding planning: from creating timelines and budgets to managing social media to hanging lanterns from trees and anything you can imagine in-between! As an intern for Marisa Nicole Events, you’ll get hands on experience at planning and executing special events. You’ll also get a chance to see and participate in all the administrative and design work that goes into bringing a fabulous celebration to life!

Applicants must be available during the week for administrative tasks/meetings and on nights and weekends for events. All applicants must be enrolled in a university and will participate in the internship for school credit (as an internship, practicum or placement for their degree). This is a great opportunity for those studying hospitality, marketing, business and communications (but we don’t discriminate – applicants of all majors are welcome here!).

Please send your resume along with a short description of a recent party or gathering you’ve organized, as well as why you love weddings and events to!




A Wedding Planner’s Best Friend: Our Legendary Bucket!

Happy August Friends!

Wedding season continues on and today we are excited to introduce you to a vital Marisa Nicole team member. This isn’t a typical team member, but none the less, without it we wouldn’t survive the long summer! If you have been backstage at one of our events, you know that we, at Marisa Nicole, go nowhere without our fully loaded bucket – overflowing with gadgets and gizmos galore! What is the bucket you ask? It is our very own mythical container (much like Mary Poppins’ purse) that helps us put every wedding and bride together (and makes sure they both stay that way)! While we may not love dragging the thing around (it weighs a ton!), it has saved us on countless occasions. Today, in response to all those vendors who have borrowed (and accidentally stolen) items from our bucket AND bridal party members who have poked fun at our reference to ‘the bucket’  that can fix pretty much anything, we would like to take a moment to introduce you to its contents!

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First of all, the bucket contains anything a bride could need in the event of a cosmetic emergency. Imagine you’re dancing in your gorgeous silk wedding gown and suddenly you hear that dreadful ripping noise. Never fear, the bucket is here! This is why we are sure to pack items such as safety pins and sewing kits inside our trusty side-kick. Or let’s say you have a bit of a spill whilst grabbing your first bite (or drink) of the party. Again, the bucket comes to the rescue with tide to-go pens and white-out! Even if your dress stays in perfect condition all night, we come prepared to keep you similarly intact – with double-sided tape, lipstick, bobby-pins, tissues, mints, and more – we’ll keep you looking fresh and glam all wedding long!

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Tools of Success

View More: wedding planner is nothing without her tools! We load up the bucket with flashlights, batteries, lighters, a mallet, measuring tape and my personal favorite: a miniature, yet miraculous, multi-tool (an eagle scout is to his pocket knife as an event designer is to her multi-tool!). You would be surprised how often we use each and every tool in our shed! For example, upon arrival to your event, your guests may see a super cute sign such as this directing them where to go or what to do, but what they don’t see is the sweat and energy it took, with many swings of our trusty mallet, to get this sucker stuck in the ground in just the right spot!

Get Crafty

Brides love having personal, hand-spun details at their wedding, which means DIY projects and installations left and right! Knowing this, we come ready to help put all of the individual crafty items in place. We have all kinds of ribbon and twine for hanging and securing items, various types of tape and glue for mounting things, and pens and sharpies galore. Long story short, if you can name it or need it on your wedding day, there is a pretty darn good chance that we have it in our bucket to save the day!

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