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Destination iDo Magazine Cover, Big Sur- Part Three


Happy Friday!

On our last and final post for this fantastic wedding that I’ve blogged both Part one and Part two, I’d like to share the reception details with you. So another little story. There was NO chance of rain for this wedding. Then a surprise storm came in the night of the ceremony. We were concerned that it might get pretty wet even if it didn’t rain, so at 9pm on Friday night, we decided to get a tent brought in. Thank goodness we have such a great friendship with Chic Event Rentals, they saved the day and at 6am on Saturday morning we started the tent install. It was a rough set up for sure between pouring rain, lots of vendor deliveries and a complete redo of layouts, our amazing vendor team made it happen, (even Mr. Steve Ezzo our band leader stepped in and moved furniture, even though that isn’t surprising, he’s AWESOME!) and just in time for guests to arrive and the rain to stop and open up to stunning blue sunny skies (of course). All in all it was beyond beautiful and the guests had a blast!


Guests are greeted with Champagne while a trio of strings set the mood





With the Bride’s family in the fishing industry it was no problem flying in a 200 pound tuna for Chef Hobbs to delight guests with tuna four ways


wheels of Parmesan cheese were flown in from Italy

Rosemary Salt favors by The Detail Shop doubled as placecards


Another stunning and oh so yummy cake by our dear Edith Meyer

























We are still relishing in the weekend, even a year later this wedding reminds me of how much I absolutely love what I do and am so proud to be a part of so many wonderful couople’s special days

Part Three Fantastic Vendors:

Rosemary Salt Favors/ Placecards- The Detail Shop

The always amazing and fun Carlie Statsky (and Gabe) for Photos

The sweetest and uber talented Chef, Annie Hobbs of Taste of Elegance Catering and Events

Hair and Make Up done on day two by lovely Melissa Marie and Sarah Nicole

Rentals and lighting by our friends at Classic Party Rentals

Last minute ( and I am still grateful!) Tent by Chic Event Rentals

So so so beautiful floral (nailed it again!) by the fabulous girls at Seascape Flowers

Music and MC by the awesomest (yes my word) Steve Ezzo of Steve Ezzo Entertainment

Espresso Truck- Travelin’ Joe Espresso

Guest Shuttles- our favorites Main Event Transportation

Planning and Design by Coastside Couture

Venue: The never again but PERFECT Big Sur wedding location, Anderson Canyon

Also note:

Family Dinner on Thursday Big Sur Bakery

Sunday Brunch Big Sur River Inn

Destination iDo Magazine Cover, Big Sur- Part Two

Happy Wednesday!

Yesterday I posted Part one of our beautiful Anderson Canyon Wedding that made the cover of Destination iDo this month.

Today I am posting the Day Two Part of this wedding, the day of reception photoshoot. We decided since we had this incredible venue that it would be fun for Elizabeth and Brian to have a take pictures all over the property prior to the guests arriving for the reception. It was the best idea (well and the tent but that comes later) not only did they get to have fun and relax, they got to experience the magic of Big Sur during fog, rain and sun and now you dear readers get to as well!

tune in tomorrow for our final post, The Reception


A new day a new sash ;-)


and of course a new “do” with a flower crown

















one of my favorites I I crack up thinking about how many heaters Gabe Statsky and I had to move to get the perfect shot


Day Two Vendors for above included:

The always amazing and fun Carlie Statsky (and Gabe) for Photos

Hair and Make Up done on day two by lovely Melissa Marie and Sarah Nicole

So so so beautiful floral (nailed it again!) by the fabulous girls at Seascape Flowers

Planning and Design by Coastside Couture

Venue: The never again but PERFECT Big Sur wedding location, Anderson Canyon


Stay tuned for more tomorrow!



Destination iDo Magazine Cover with Coastside Couture and Carlie Statsky

Hello and Happy Tuesday!

We have been working our butts off down in Cancun this past week for the ISSE Riviera Cancun so it got me thinking a bunch about doing destination weddings and well, it reminded me that we have a GORGEOUS wedding to share with you that made the cover of Destination iDo wedding Magazine!!!!

Sooooooo Exciting!!!!!!!

So a little story, Elizabeth and Brian hired us in 2012 for a full service, destination wedding in Big Sur because they wanted an intimate place to host a small group of family and friends. It ended up being exactly that way and on Friday night, Elizabeth and Brian exchanged vows in front of 25 of their nearest and dearest on a dramatic cliff over looking the Pacific Ocean with the majestic background of the Big Sur landscape behind them, it was magical. Because they are so loved and have so many people who adore this awesome couple, they invited about another 100 people to celebrate with them on the following day at the same incredible location, Anderson Canyon in Big Sur. We had been planning this beautiful weekend for a year and it was beyond all of our wildest dreams how beautiful it turned out. Not even a little rain (the first time it rained in 31 years on that date to be exact rain) could throw our plans for an outstanding, romantic and yummy weekend.

So now I share with you Elizabeth and Brian- Day one ceremony and family dinner, tune in tomorrow for Day two-Reception




























Magical Day one Vendors Included:

The always amazing and fun Carlie Statsky (and Gabe) for Photos

The sweetest and uber talented Chef, Annie Hobbs of Taste of Elegance Catering and Events

Hair and Make Up done by our dear friends at- Shawn Cavalan Beauty Co.

Rentals and lighting by our friends at Classic Party Rentals

So so so beautiful floral (nailed it again!) by the fabulous girls at Seascape Flowers

Ceremony and Dinner Music by the awesomest (yes my word) Steve Ezzo of Steve Ezzo Entertainment

Detailed and remarkable, Invitations, paper and stationary-Crescent Moon Paper Company

Planning and Design by Coastside Couture

Venue: The never again but PERFECT Big Sur wedding location, Anderson Canyon

Stay tuned for more tomorrow!





Shoes For Thought Thursday, Laser cut!

Charlotte Olympia Belinda Cutout

Rupert Sanderson Urania Leather Sandals

We are loving the laser cut theme in stationary, well why not carry that theme through to your wedding day shoes! Find these pretties here and here.

Shoes For Thought Thursday, Crazy About a Bow

Kate Spade



Oh Kate Spade how I love thee. Find this beauty here.

Happy Anniversary to us!

Happy Monday!

Today is an extra special day for me because I celebrate two anniversaries with two very important people in my life on October 8th.

Today marks six years for Heidi and I as business partners and the start of a wonderful journey of friendship, sisterhood, business, partnership, ups, downs, a baby, so many weddings I can’t even begin to count and so many more belly laughs, tears, hugs, dance parties, bottles of wine and well more laughs. We’ve been through the most amazing six years, I am so proud of how far we have come, how many beautiful memories we have helped create for people and how many wonderful friends we have made along the way.

K & H

Heidi and Karissa BPF’S!!!!!! “Business Partners Forever! ;-) photo by John Kammerling

Then there’s this guy and our seven year anniversary is today!

Karissa and Lyle's first Dance

Karissa and Lyle’s first Dance at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur photo by Craig Smith



I am also incredibly proud of my marriage to Lyle. We have  had so much fun, traveled all over riding crazy mountains and swimming in beautiful oceans, we built a beautiful life in Santa Cruz 12 years ago,  started creating a little family with our first babies Mingus and Sally then last year with sweet baby Miles. I am so lucky to be loved by Lyle and we are so lucky to be so in love. This man makes me laugh and keeps me entertained everyday.

As you can see, I have so much to celebrate on this day!  I am one lucky girl.




Celebrating Our Own Little Anniversary


Via Sarah Tucker


Later this week Karissa and I will be celebrating 6 years since we merged our two companies. While we have been doing this now for about 10 years, the 6 years we have done together have been the most amazing. We are both so proud of the company we have build, the amazing women who have been and are Couture Girls, The fabulous couples we have gotten down the aisle and the stunning parties we have thrown. We both feel blessed to do something we love for a living. We are two women with a passion who built this with sweat, tears, hard work and yes some fun. Happy Anniversary Coastside Couture! Excited for the fun to come!

Building a Rockin’ Vendor Team

Happy Monday!

I just finished up my last September wedding of this season on such a high note, I wanted to share the successes of it all.

As a Planner/Designer/Coordinator we wear so many hats, take on so many tasks and are there on so many levels for so many people involved in just one wedding. From the obvious -the Clients and their guests, to maybe the less obvious-the vendors, we do our best to make sure that everyone involved with the wedding has a smooth experience. Of course with some weddings this is a harder to achieve goal than others, but we truly strive to make sure our clients and families don’t have to stress on their big day. With that being said, we love when a wedding day so so amazingly well and that got me thinking (especially after this last weekend because it was so AWESOME thanks Katie and Tanner!!!!) “how come some days go better than others?”

I have concluded the following after looking at all my events from the past three years: it is the vendor team we put together.

When you have an amazing team, everything falls into place, we all work together to make sure to get the job done right and well. I am going to use this past Saturday’s wedding as an example.  I’ll start with one of our favorite DJ’s Jon of Belmont Entertainment helped us fold pashminas, straighten chairs  and make sure our dining area was set for detail pictures prior to guests arriving to the dining tables.  Amanda of Laughin’ Gal Floral built a special ceremony archway specifically for this Saturday three days prior to the event because she wanted to make sure it was exactly what the Bride and I had envisioned. She also came a day early to set it up and help me with draping it so we didn’t have to stress the day of the wedding.  Nancy, Ashley and Staff of Paradise Catering not only set the most beautiful tables, served excellent food and gave our guests amazing service but also helped at the last minute when we needed to order lunch for 30 people within the hour on the day of the wedding.  Bianca of M.U. A. H. kept me informed and in the loop on timing prior to my arrival with the girls getting ready, Edith Meyer came an hour early to make sure that I had time to go over (of the six beautiful cakes she made) what had what flavors and brought me her personal cake stands to use display. Dancing on Strings Trio went with the flow when there were some last minute in the middle of the ceremony changes by the “officiant” and helped to make  it look like everything that she did was purposeful ;-) Jo Ann Manolis and her awesome second shooter Patrick helped me late night moving a huge ladder so I could do my best to get breakdown finished in a timely manner since my rockstar assistant Darcy had to drive a couple of guests to the hospital (don’t worry they are ok!).  Britney from Chic Event Rentals, spent lots of time with me, playing with  beautiful material we used for the ceremony, helping me with the measurements and then the day before delivery she made sure I had exactly what I needed and explained which piece went to which structure. prior to delivery saving me time on having to figure it out on the actual day.  Kyle from Holman Ranch made sure throughout the day that if my team, one of our vendors or the guests needed anything, he was there for us. And SO MUCH MORE!

I know that was a big example but the point is, these fantastic people helped to make the day go so much smoother, our clients enjoyed a wonderful wedding, and there wasn’t much stress surrounding the entire event.

When you allow your planner to build a great team of trusted vendors, you can relax knowing that everyone will work well together. When your planner hires local vendors who have worked together, they become your very own All Star Team, who are going to work hard for you to make sure your day is all that you wanted and dreamed!

Thanks to all the rockstar vendors I had the pleasure of working with this past weekend! You guys make my job go so much more smoothly and you make me look good! Thank you love you!


An Open Letter to “The Band”

Happy Monday!

We have had a couple of awesome weddings with bands as opposed to DJs recently, which is always so great for guests and couples to get the party really rockin’ but with great live music comes more things to consider. Please note, close to my entire family is some kind of musician (I am actually the only one that isn’t). I love live music, I had a band at my wedding, live music is THE BEST!!!! Please keep this in mind when you read the next paragraph.

Dear {insert name here} Band,

Please do not do the following at one of our events:

Bring more than your guaranteed amount of vendors/groupies/set up assistants

Eat all of the vendor food prior to going on, there are most likely other vendors who have been there all day that need to eat too

We are a team and vendors typically try to take care of each other.

Thank you!





Thank you.

Coastside Couture