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ISSE Riviera Maya 2014, The Gala


We loved these laser cut lantern menus by Natural Impression Designs.


Can you tell that Karissa and I are in our final moments of set up after a very long day? But details are so important (especially for this crowd!) so we stayed late to make sure every setting was perfect.


Loved using lanterns as escort cards. The type of lantern also let the Catering Staff know the guests entree choice.




Cocktail hour was all miniature food paired with mini cocktails.  This one was shrimp tempura with sake. Too cute!



Great pic of Stacie and our planning team- Heidi, Ilse, Karissa, Kayla and Sandie.


We worked hard on putting this week together and it was a wonderful moment to celebrate!



The attendees and speakers of ISSE Riviera Maya 2014


Photographer Robyn Aaron with Fab NYC Planner Shawn Rabideau.


Awesome Videographer Brian Perry of Perryfield Films.


Want to see more? Checkout some of the attendee blog posts about the event- From Honeybook,  and from Amstar Planner Daniela Garcia. Huge shout out to Ilse Diamant of Diamant Events who was our local planner for this event. Ilse is a rockstar and was amazing to work with. She is totally a Couture Girl in our books and we look forward to working with her hopefully in the future (Ilse are you coming to ISSE Carmel 2015????). Also big thanks to Gabi and her team at Planner 1 Events, the team from Anhexo, Ann of Shop Annabellas and Orfanel Pelaez and the whole team at Now Sapphire Resort. We can’t wait for this years event to go down in our own backyard in December!


Rachel and Healey’s Holman Ranch Wedding on Carats & Cake

Rachel and Healey

Photo by the AMAZING Jose Villa. And how gorgeous is Rachel’s Monique Lhuillier dress?

Hi Everyone! Just wanted to let you know that one of our favorite Holman Ranch weddings is being featured on Carats & Cake today. Check it out HERE!

An Elegant Redwood Ranch Wedding at The Santa Lucia Preserve (Part One)

Happy Monday!

We are totally thrilled that two of our beautiful weddings were featured on one of our favorite blogs Style Me Pretty last week!

So now we are sooooooooooooo excited that we can finally share this romantic, blush, redwood wedding we did at The Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel Valley.

Shelby and Josh were just one of the most fantastic couples to work with, so sweet, so much fun and really trusted us to create the right vendor team for their perfect day. The best part, they are High School Sweethearts!

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Can’t wait to share even more of this timeless wedding tomorrow!

Awesome Vendor Team:

Photography: Scott Campbell Photography

Floral Design: Laughing Gal Floral

Dress: Lazaro

Wedding Dress: Lazaro

Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Hair & Makeup: Shawn Cavlan Beauty Co

Favors: One Hope Wine

Cake Designer: Edith Meyer Cakes

Ceremony And Reception: Santa Lucia Preserve

Ceremony Musicians: Dancing On Strings

DJ: DJ Superior Sound

Coordination & Design: Coastside Couture

Rentals: Chic Event Rental

Transportation: Main Event Transportation

ISSE Riviera Maya 2014 Highlights

Happy Thursday!

When our Friend Brian Perry of Perryfield Films sent this video highlight to us yesterday we just HAD TO share right away. Thank you Brian, you are a doll, a huge help and such a talented man.



What a great #TBT for #ISSERIVERACANCUN today!



ISSE Riviera Maya 2014, Day 3

Today we are excited to share the daytime portion of day 3 at the Inspire Smart Success Riviera Maya 2014.  Day three starts with intimate breakout sessions with the speakers, followed by an amazing seafood lunch at La Playa complete with boozy popsicles! Archive Rentals, who sponsored some of our beautiful vintage furnishings passed out inspirational charms to the attendees as they basked in the sunshine.  Huge shout out to Planner 1 Events who sponsored and set up most of the rentals. Their crew rocks!!!

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Frank and Frank, A Modern Coastal Wedding

Happy Monday!

Sometimes as a planner you can really fall in love with your clients and they feel like good friends or even family by the time the wedding comes around.

This is what happened for me with our wonderful Grooms, Frank and Frank and their sweet baby girl.

We had a really wonderful time planning this wedding from finding the guys their perfect venue to the final little details of shopping for succulents and orchids to use for centerpieces and favors!  The Grooms were really hands on in the planning with one of them designing the website and the other designing the stationary! We were always joking that they should be planners themselves.

Love is Love and we were so honored to be a part of this beautiful union between two of the sweetest men with the biggest hearts.

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The Amazing Vendor Team:

Venue: Private Home in HMB

Catering: Event Savvy

DJ: Andrew of Sound in Motion

Photographer: Brandon Vaccaro

Cake: Elegant Cheesecakes

Transportation: San Francisco Limos

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Videographer: PermaGrin Films

Planning Coordination and Design: Coastside Couture

Wedding Industry ISSE Riviera Maya 2014, Day 2

Day two- The Ballroom set up was one of our favorite things about this event. Now Sapphire was able to take our designs and execute the stage and amazing lighting fixture. The speakers- The sweet and oh so talented Amy Atlas, the charming Sarah Haywood, the inspirational Diann Valentine, Photographer Susan Stripling, our friend the always life of the party Youngsong Martin, Kristen Ott Palladino of Equally Wed, the Indian Wedding Goddess Nikki Khan, Mike Colon known to us by his Mexican nickname Tiburon, Our New York favorite Shawn Rabideau, the darling Sarah Please, the sweetest cake maker Chef Dana Herbert, and SEO wizard Chris Horton. After an amazing lunch hosted by Honeybook  and an all yellow dessert break (no added preasure that the one and only Amy Atlas was going to see it!), we finished the day with an Dia Dos Muertos themed offsite dinner at an amazing private beach by Diamant Events.

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Wedding Industry ISSE Riviera Maya 2014, Opening Day

We are so excited to share with you some of the fabulous moments and details of ISSE Riviera Maya 2014. We have been so blessed to be part of these events for the past 5 years. This was our 3rd time as the Planners, with the last two being ISSE Carmel in 2012, ISSE Palm Beach in 2013. You may remember our cover story of the Fall 2012 Inspire Smart Success Magazine. We just love our friendship with Stacie and the rest of the epic Inspire Smart Success team. Today we are sharing with you the opening day of the event which took place in Riviera Maya at Now Sapphire this past November. Photos by Robyn Photography

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