Married at the Mansion: Minh & Fred’s Catholic Vietnamese Fusion Wedding

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Want to see more….. Minh & Fred’s Wedding Highlight by Chris Arson!                                        Minh and Fred’s wedding was 3 days, 2 ceremonies and 2 receptions….Starting with a Catholic Ceremony in Menlo Park followed by a reception serving traditional Vietnamese Food. The celebration continued the next day with a Tea Ceremony  (complete with roasted pig!) at the beautiful Kohl Mansion in Burlingame California.  Minh loved pinks, wine and gold tones.. we used this and her close attention to detail to create a rich yet fresh design for each day… including the alter for the Tea Ceremony!

XOXO Denise

VENDORS WE LOVE!

Full Service Wedding Planning & Design   d.Royal Engagements

Photography/ Photobooth    Vinh Nguyen Photography / Instabooth

Videography  Chris Arson

Catholic Ceremony  Church Of the Nativity

Tea Ceremony Kohl Mansion 

Hair and Make Up  Nikki Ngo

Florist   Pat Gibbons Floral Design                                                                        

Rentals- Linens/Tables/ Furniture   AM Party Rentals                                                           

DJ/Lighting Sound and Motion

French Catering   Le Papllion                                                                

Vietnamese Catering Three Seasons Catering                      

Caricature Artist Caricature by Jeanette       

Print Materials Vibrant Moments

Custom Hanger Black Label Decor                                                                                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tis’ The Season: White, Silver & Blue Holiday Party Inspiration

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We have had the joy  of with working with  Guckenheimer  to design many inspiring experiences for their corporate events around the Bay Area…and this was one of our favorites! Perfectly captured by Karen Neale Photography … with fresh floral  centerpieces from our friends at Enchantment Floral we took an ice blue  approach to Holiday with white trees, snow and silver bells…signage to match by Vibrant Moments… Enjoy!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…Bring on the Holiday Parties!

{Lacy & Kett 8.15.15} Let’s Start Today!

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“Next time I’ll try, for the first time in my life.
It won’t pass me by. Procrastinate it can wait, I put it off.
LET’S START TODAY”

 Lacy and Kett’s  Team 2015 wedding in Oakland, California  was  one awesome mix of big top fun and personal whimsy…complete with a bounce house, wedding parade, comic books and  dinosaurs!  One our our favorites details was the FOOD!  This wedding was completely Vegan with a delicious lunch spread by S +M Vegan and in leiu of a Wedding Cake the happy couple had a yummy tier of Vegan Donuts from Donuts Farm in Berkeley.

Wedding Planning & Design/ Bride’s Bouquet  d.Royal Engagements

Photography Holly Feral Photography

Venue  Roberts Regional Park

Catering   S+M Vegan

Bounce House/ Striker  PlanIt-Interactive

Vegan Donuts  Donuts Farm

Cotton Candy  Sweet Puff Candy

 

 

Royal-Tea Wedding… {Bernadette & Robert 7.16.11} Happy 5th!

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Hey Loves! Wishing Bernadette and Robert a very Happy 5th Year Wedding Anniversary… has it really been that long? We love everything about this couple who bought out the Gold Fish Tea House in Royal Oak Michigan for an intimate Royal Themed Ceremony and Reception.  Our Favorite part? The groom  who has a graphic design background created a family crest that was used in their invitations, program and cake topper. Wishing these two many many more Anniversaries! XOXOX

 

Full Service Planning and Design: d.Royal Engagements

Personal Flowers/ Rentals: Unique Weddings & Events 

Photography: Trillium Imaging

Venue: Gold Fish Tea

Cake: Iversen’s Bakery

Royally Engaged: Table of Love

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Last month we participated in a table top competition hosted by The Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants at the Silicon Valley Capital Club in San Jose. Our theme was holiday so we decided to base our table around a fresh approach on Valentine’s Day! Rather than use the predictable red and white… we wanted to use a soft color story of gold, cream, blush and rose gold.  Each escort card  was tied to one of  Cupids Arrows…and we tested out our green thumb on florals.. our main  centerpiece was in a shape of a heart and we loved how it turned out!  And ….Yes… we WON! Thank you to ACPWC for another great opportunity and event… and the wonderful Vendors we LOVE who donated their talents to this Royally Engaged – Table of Love.

Design & Floral: D. Royal Engagements
Invitation: Vibrant Moments
Chair Covers & Linen: Wildflower Linen
Calligraphy: Calligraphy Katrina
Flatware/ China/ Chairs: Stuart Party Rental
Photography: Vinh Nguyen

 

 

You’re Engaged Now What?: Catogory 1.Your Castle and Royal Court

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Your Castle and Royal Court:      

  Here are some details about each step in selecting  Your Castle and Royal Court!                  Your Castle is your venue- where you will get married and celebrate. Your Court is your wedding party and team of vendors you need to hire to make the most of your wedding day. Within the first month of engagement everything can seem exciting and overwhelming at the same time- it doesn’t have to be… Here we have prioritized  a list in a order of when we advise you complete them within the first 3 months of engagement… once you do you will feel right on track! Come on .. let’s do this!

1.BUDGET

As you begin your journey to your big day, remember that your budget is YOUR budget. A wedding planner can help you make decisions that will help you navigate your budget elegantly. While your expectations should meet your budget, a beautiful detailed wedding can still be planned at a modest  budget. Just remember to prioritize your spending on what matters to you most…

2. HIRE PLANNER                                                                                                                                             Whether they are a full service planner, or a day of coordinator, don’t go at this alone! Let a wedding planner take some of the weight off of your shoulders. A planner can help you hire other vendors like photographers, Makeup artists and DJ’s or recommend people they have worked with before. Feel free to chat extensively with planners as your interview them so they can understand your vision. The most important things to measure when hiring a planner are there  communication styles, flexibility   and personality. Be sure to take the time to know that you are a good fit…Its an special relationship that will also require  your trust so they can help you plan your dream wedding!

3.GUEST LIST                                                                                                                                                         Now it is time to get your guest list together! Come up with  and answer to these questions and it will be easy to create the list…Who makes the cut and why? Will children be invited to attend? Can guest bring a plus 1?   Does this guest love and support your union? Keep in mind the larger your guest list the larger your budget will be Its a good idea to check in with family to see what their expectations are and who they want to invite. Start a spreadsheet electronically so so you can easily update information and export the list as you need. Once you come up with a solid number , keep it in mind for when you choose your venue as you want to be sure your guest count matches the capacity of the venue you select.

4.  Begin to outline your VISION                                                                                                                   Time to get inspired! What does your dream day look like? Come up with a vision, an overall idea of how your wedding will look and feel. Think about a color scheme, create a pinterest board and start collecting pictures of concepts that visually tell your story as a couple.

5.CASTLE                                                                                                                                                      Budget? Check! Guest list? Now it is time to find your royal castle! That is to say, your venue. When picking your venue, consider your vision. Try to visit the the location at least once to get a feel of the place. If it is a destination wedding be sure to account for travel expenses in your budget. Ask if they cater, and how many people it seats. If at all possible, it is best to book your venue twelve to eighteen months in advance.                                              

6.SET A DATE  

When do you want to have your special day? Do you have a day in mind that is symbolic to your relationship? What season would you like it to be in? Consider the venue when setting your date as well, if the wedding is outdoors, or on a beach, you may want to set it in the spring or summer. If you would like to have an outdoor event – be sure you like and understand the rain plan before booking!  Certain times of year can also influence pricing… if you are being mindful of your budget January and February / November and December are considered “off season”  for many wedding vendors and sometimes have more affordable pricing options. Additionally weekdays and Sundays are often considered  days that prices could be lower while Holiday’s could coast more. Finally if you are considering  a destination wedding consider the  travel trends for that area… if you are looking for a peaceful beach wedding in Cancun you may want to avoid Spring Break!

Now you are ready to select your Royal Court!

7. Select a WEDDING PARTY  

You’ve probably already thought about who you want to be your  in your wedding party.. but if not it’s pretty simple… select people you want by your side on your big day… literally!  Get a list together  with your fiance of who will be in your wedding party! There are not hard fast rules, it’s more important to have the people you want than pairing up  your party in perfect sets of two. Once you are settled on this invite them to be apart of your special day  and share with them the wedding date and location so they can make plans to be by your side!

8. Select ATTIRE FOR YOU AND YOUR PARTY    

Say, “Yes!” to finding the perfect attire! If you plan to wear a wedding  dress begin your search 12- 8 months in advance as it can  take up to 4-8 months for  wedding gowns  and 3-6 months dresses for your bridal party gowns to arrive, and four to six weeks for alterations.  The same can often be true for custom suites. Should you decided to rent suits give your self 6 months prior to the wedding to finalize measurements and placing your order.  Also….Don’t forget accessories!

9.  Hire your PHOTOGRAPHER AND OR VIDEOGRAPHER              

 Of course you’re going to want to remember your special day for years to come, so now it is time to hire your photographer or a videographer!  If possible it is very helpful to meet with Photographers/ Videographers in person so you can get to know them and better understand their process and style Be sure to have them show you examples of their work  and if possible physical albums. One of the best ways to ensure your Photographer is a good fit is  to take your engagement photos together so you can experience their style and personality.

10.Tastings… CAKE AND CATERER      

By far the tastiest step in wedding planning is picking out your caterer and  your cake  or desserts! Start with catering…Your caterer is one of the largest parts of the budget and definitely key to the success of your event. Selecting your caterer early on will help to refine your budget. Think about what experience you want to give guest with your meal .. and make it personal. Your planner and venue may have some recommendations…its great to start with those. We strongly suggest getting a quote to ensure  there is a good fit budget wise.. then schedule tastings to ensure the food is…Yum! Try to go to at least  2 different caterers if your venue  allows options… and try  at least three different cake  or dessert vendors…. just to be sure …

11. Don’t wait on the HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTIST

 Hiring a makeup artist is a great way, to ensure you’ll feel pampered on your wedding day! Check out their portfolio before you hire them, and schedule a day for a test makeup to negotiate payment and to see how well they work with your face. A smart tip is to schedule your trial makeup on the day of your engagement photos, to see how the makeup looks on camera.

12. and finally DJ, MUSIC, AND LIGHTING                                                                                             

  To really set the festive mood, you’re going to want to hire a DJ, Musicians or some other form of entertainment. Think about the kind of music you want, and check out reviews. Maybe you want to interview your we strongly suggest a personal connection in person or virtually to see if potiential musicians connect with your styles.  If you think you may need specialty lighting or a photobooth… look for DJ services that offer both, it may be more cost effective  and easier logistically.

.…. and not you are all set to share the news….. up next Category 2 The Proclamation!

 

Grateful for Love: JoAnn & Josh

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“They love each other, Lord you can see it’s true
Lord you can see it’s true, Lord you can see it’s true

He could pass his time around some other line
But you know he chose this place beside her
Don’t get in the way, there’s nothing you can say
Nothing that you need to add or do

They love each other, Lord you can see it’s true
Lord you can see it’s true, Lord you can see it’s true

Its’ nothing, they explain it’s like a diesel train
Better not be there when it rolls over
And when that train rolls in, you won’t know where it’s been
You gotta try to see a little further

They love each other, Lord you can see it’s true
Lord you can see it’s true, Lord you can see it’s true”

Read more: Grateful Dead – They Love Each Other Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Our Clients JoAnn and Joshua are beautiful free spirits who got married in June at the Berkeley City Club. The Bride wanted bold saturated shades of pink for her flowers which was exquisitely  executed by Pat Gibbons Floral Design. We provided DIY support for their lovely favors… Elephant Candle Holders adorned with a simple heart-shaped tie-on attached with a fuchsia bow. Close family and friends joined them in this intimate celebration and danced the night away to their favorite songs by the Grateful Dead.

Day Of Coordination/ Favors: d.Royal Engagements

Photographer: Sasha Wedding Photography

Custom Hanger: Black Label Decor

Floral: Pat Gibbons Floral

Venue: Berkeley City Club

Officiate: Virgina Van Zandt

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You’re Engaged! Now.What?!

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Hey Loves, its the most wonderful time of the year…. ENGAGEMENT season.

It’s happened, you found the love of your life, decided to get married…everything is just peachy– “But Now What?”. It’s very easy to get overwhelmed … and our advice here at d.Royal Engagements…Don’t!  We want to encourage you to break your all of wedding planning down to 3 categories. Over the next few months in honor of  what we like to call d.Royal Engagements Season we will help you see how each category can be tackled with flawless sophistication… with our mini blog series… “You’re Engaged- Now What?…….. so let’s do this!

First things first, create a list of your wedding planning tasks, thoughts and ideas into divide  them these three categories

1. Your Castle and Royal Court:

Your Castle is your venue- where you will get married and celebrate.  If you have not already, booking your venue is the key first step in wedding planning and now is the time. We strongly suggest making your guest list first, as many venues have capacity limits. Then based on the capacity and your guest list you can begin your search with your ideal date in mind. Another key first step is assembling your Royal Court: Wedding Party and Wedding Vendors. Consider this step carefully, you want to build a team that will support you through the entire process. Of course we suggest hiring a wedding planner… you will need a team leader after all!

2 The Proclamation.

At some point you will need to tell people about your plans right? This category includes announcements, wedding websites, save the dates, invitations and guest management.

3.Your Happily  Ever After.

This category includes your must-haves from your Royal Court and your deal breakers for the wedding day. Your budget and the task of discussing and finalizing it also goes here. This is that place for those details that will help you see the complete vision and how you will get there.. the plan, the process and how you will get to your  very own Happily Ever After!

Stay tuned….for the next 3 blogs which will dive into each category and share our advice and support!

 

XOXOX – Queen Dee

The Game of Love: Alex & Matt

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What better way to wish our fun loving clients Alex & Matt a very happy one year wedding anniversary then with a blog post of their “Game on’ themed” wedding!

It was our last wedding of 2014 and filled with so many personal details. Our favorites include the Trival Pursuit Card box we found for them at the Goodwill, their Jenga Guest Book and their photo shoot in downtown Palo Alto… how cute are the pictures at Stanford Theater and Candy Shop Rocket Fizz? And the Power Ranger shirts the Groomsmen wore… simply priceless… ENJOY!

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2014/11/01 -- Alex & Matthew Wedding -- St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Palo Alto, Calif., on Nov. 1, 2014 Photo by Kaitlyn Pratt

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2014/11/01 -- Alex & Matthew Wedding -- Garden House at Shoup Park in Palo Alto, Calif., on Nov. 1, 2014 Photo by Michael Chen

2014/11/01 -- Alex & Matthew Wedding -- Garden House at Shoup Park in Palo Alto, Calif., on Nov. 1, 2014 Photo by Kaitlyn Pratt

2014/11/01 -- Alex & Matthew Wedding -- Garden House at Shoup Park in Palo Alto, Calif., on Nov. 1, 2014

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2014/11/01 -- Alex & Matthew Wedding -- Rocket Fizz in Palo Alto, Calif., on Nov. 1, 2014 Photo by Michael Chen

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The Vendors!

Ceremony: St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Palo Alto CA                               Reception: The Garden House, Los Altos CA
Photographer:Michael Chen Photography
Florist: Enchantment Floral
Catering: Hi Five                                                                                        Event Planning and Design: d. Royal Engagements