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G O I N G the D I S T A N C E To the sea and back. Yes, that’s

When we think of summer, we can’t help

what happened this Summer. Utterly

but think of the warm sun, cool ocean

Engaged has expanded its wings and

breeze, and the endless summer days that

traveled to new places. San Diego,

we want to hold on forever. Summer is full

San Francisco, Mexico, and Hawaii.

of undiscovered experiences and lots of

We just celebrated our 2-year birthday

cherished memories with friends and

(YAY! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!) and

family. In this issue, we were inspired by

we thought this summer we deserve a

the last days of summer, holding it tight

little break. We’ve been working hard,

and celebrating every single moment.

now let’s play harder. So we’ve traveled to places we have never been, made amazing friends along the way, and embraced the memories that we created in the last two years. There was a lot of blood, sweat, tears, many sleepless nights, happiness, and endless laughter that made it all worth it because of YOU, our loyal readers. To be utterly engaged to doing what we love to do for you has been life changing. Here’s to many more years of an incredible journey together!

Having a destination wedding has always been a dream of Lucia and many brides. But with the charm of traveling to a faraway land, destination weddings can often feel foreign to your guests. In this issue, we explore ways to bring “home” to a destination. And when traveling isn’t an option, a wedding can still transport its guests to a special place by the way it’s styled. Brides are also getting more creative with a non-typical destination wedding, infusing it with modern design

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LETTER

from the

EDITORS

and their own personality, like Cecile and

big shout out goes to Wilmarose Orlanes

Darryl’s Maui wedding. If you’re trying

of LovelyJubilee and Hazel Bourget of

to extend your destination wedding to a

Blu Bungalow. Fizz & Frills was a huge

honeymoon, Katie Frederick of Ever After

success because of these two ladies.

Honeymoons and Yifat Oren will give you

Be sure to sign up for our mailing list at

the inside scoop to make the most of your

www.fizzandfrills.com to be in the know

travels. Believe it or not, we are

for the next upcoming Fizz & Frills in

also making a mini appearance in this issue!

Spring 2012. It’s going to be even bigger

Coming from two different Southeast Asian

and even more amazing!

backgrounds, we fused our cultures with those of our husbands to give you a style guide that blends the rich cultures.

As always, we are truly thankful for all the love, support and for going the distance with us. Summer is coming to

Last but not least, you’ll find the full

a close but it’s not too late to take that

coverage on Fizz & Frills! It’s our first

one last spontaneous trip, soak up the

ever wedding marketplace that took

sun and take that last dip in the water.

place in San Francisco. In this issue,

So grab your laptop or ipad, head to the

we talked about the highlights of this

nearest or farthest beach or pool, sip on

amazing weekend. You’ll be able to

a cocktail and enjoy this issue! You will

get a glimpse of the designers and

not regret it.

artisans, the amazing speakers that shared their wedding wisdom to the brides and grooms, and décor galore that

LOVE ,

henny & lucia

could inspire you for days. And you know how we love giving back; part of the proceeds from ticket sales went to For Japan With Love and ShelterBox. The response to our first big major event in San Francisco was incredible and overwhelming. The attention and care that went into it and the love that came from it was outstanding. Thank you San Francisco for embracing us once again! We promise, we will be back! A

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an under water engagement

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tournament, or a spa day.

I would be remiss if I didn’t

authenticity much like

Destination weddings inspire

say that planning a destination

a destination wedding.

a magical bond between

wedding didn’t require a lot

Regardless of the venue, it

the select travelers sharing

more work, and often a bigger

is inevitable and promising

this special occasion. I feel

budget. Trust me when I say

that a new environment and

fortunate to have been granted

that planning a wedding that

ambience will surely leave the

the privilege not only to plan

is far away can be extremely

guests in awe, and the couple

such important celebrations,

tricky. Achieving that “perfect”

thrilled. The objective is to

but to witness the intimacy

destination wedding requires

stretch the celebration longer

shared and the relationships

an extensive amount of

than just a five hour party.

flourished at these

research and constant (and

Many events contribute to

celebrations. In my experience

preferably documented)

the joyous collaboration that

nothing bonds your guest

communication between you

is a destination wedding. A

list much like sharing their

and the local vendors you

destination-weekend wedding

travels as well their happiness

have carefully chosen. I have

could consist of a rehearsal

for you on your big day. With

put together a list of expert

dinner, a ceremony, the

that said, this one big day is

tips to help you plan your own

reception, and a morning after

fueled by countless little tasks

destination wedding, and to

brunch. The weekend might

and responsibilities. Nothing

ensure that the only surprises

also incorporate events such

brings a satisfying challenge

you have in store are carefully

as: a breakfast the day of the

to the YOA team much like a

wrapped and propped on the

wedding, an after-wedding

destination wedding.

gift table.

othing screams

party, a bridal lunch, a golf

YIFAT OREN & ASSOCIATES Headquartered in Los Angeles, California for more than 12 years, Yifat Oren & Associates provides a full range of event services to a discerning clientele. Yifat and her team create exquisite events, masterfully produced and distinctively designed. Defined by grace and impeccable attention

styling, lighting and floral design, fabric treatment, space planning and technical production, Yifat Oren and her seasoned staff design and flawlessly manage every aspect of an event. Repeatedly acknowledged by her peers and the press as an innovator of industry trends, Yifat and her staff

to detail, the company has garnered widespread praise from media, industry experts and high-profile clients. With extensive experience in food

take pride in intently listening to each client and designing an event that underscores taste and individuality.

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RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH…

TRAVEL LIGHT

The most important thing is to seek out

Tables and chairs are not ideal for your

reliable vendors. Don’t be shy: utilize

carry on compartment. Research all of your

your networks and don’t be afraid to ask

available options for tables, chairs, china, and

questions. Building reliable connections with

linens while on your site visit. Take pictures

hotels, locations, and vendors in the area

and measurements of all table, chair and

will help ease your mind, while far away in

linen choices so that you can revert to them

your home turf. The first thing you can do is

later while deciding on set up and décor

establish a relationship with the staff at the

arrangements.

hotel you are working with. In most cases, they will be familiar with the local vendors, as well as trustworthy vendors they have worked with, hopefully successfully, in the past. If the vendors don’t have a website, feel free to ask them to send you photos. Make sure to do the bulk of your research at home before visiting the location; this will help drastically narrow your search and will ensure that you don’t waste your time with unnecessary meetings. The internet will allow you to reach out to couples who have previously used your prospective vendors. Hopefully they will provide you with experiential input while expressing their satisfaction (or lack thereof) with the product or service in which you are inquiring. Lastly, once you secure a vendor you can trust, ask them for any reliable recommendations.

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION While conducting your site visit, your camera should be attached to your hip, or glued to your hand. If you see it, shoot it. Take pictures of everything and anything that could potentially be part of your wedding day. Location, flowers, possible centerpieces, china, dishes from the tasting, etc. This will assist in conducting executive decisions from home. No matter how much you love your floral arrangements, when information overload begins to overwhelm you, you will not remember what shade of purple you chose for your petals. Snap it!

PLAN A VISIT Your ideas will really come together once you are able to visualize the location. A site visit offers you the invaluable opportunity to ensure that your ideas don’t just make sense on paper but are able to actually come to life. Plan a visit to inspect and survey your property. Also, establish some peace of mind, by taking this opportunity to set up meetings with your potential vendors. Plan a walk through with your vendors to ensure that your layout and décor plans do not overlap and work well in context. Avoid surprises by contacting your florist and requesting sample set ups. In doing so, you will know what to expect when the big day arrives. Also, make sure you ask for samples of your linen choice, china, flatware, glassware, and your centerpieces. Finally, (and well worth the wait) set up a meeting and a proper tasting with the catering manager, to help finalize your menu.

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FLORAL FOR ALL Once you have decided on a local floral vendor be sure to send them a large variety of sample photos. Helping the florist grasp the arrangement you are hoping for and your overall style. Again, do your research and find out what flowers are more easily accessible in your chosen destination. These flowers will incorporate the local florists (local is always better!), and will help you avoid extra shipping costs. Certain flowers are not available in

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every part of the world. That usually makes them more expensive to ship, due to import taxes or even unavailable pending customs and the department of agriculture relations.

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TASTE TEST During your site visit, set up a meet and greet (and eat!) with the executive chef, banquet chef, or catering manager to review food presentation, and of course, taste your top menu selections. Since food is such an integral aspect of the wedding festivities make sure that everything you taste does well to excite your taste buds! If you are not completely satisďŹ ed, through a constructive tone, talk to the chef about possible options. In most cases, they will appreciate your input and will be happy to amend the menu and ensure your happiness!

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LIGHTS OUT! Lighting is often mistakenly overlooked while planning a destination wedding. The lighting alone can be a deďŹ ning aspect to any event. Make sure to meet with an audio/visual vendor, allowing you to exchange thoughts and ideas and to guarantee that they can indeed set the mood desired. You may want to bring photos as an example as well as request sample photos from them, to get a better feel for their repertoire. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then you want to be left speechless!

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Lastly, make sure all your vendors are on the same page by distributing a timeline of the weekend festivities and responsibilities. It is inevitable that little unexpected things may arise, but let the professional handle it, ensuring that nothing stands in the way of your perfect

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Co-Founder/Managing Editor HENNY VALLEE pays homage to her Indonesian heritage and husband’s Spanish background in this blending of modern eclectic wedding style.

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Years Party Design Challenge, themed “Snap Crackle Pop!” When Vanessa Alchemy Fine Events & Invitation heard this she instantly envisioned a beach-chic opulent table that brought in modern and posh elements together while staying in a cool pasty color palette of peaches and aquas. Vanessa has always been a huge admirer of Pop Art and a great fan of David Hockney’s cool pool paintings and Warhol’s chic portraits. Thus she brought in Pop Art through pastel graphics on the stationery and on the patterned aqua linen.

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For the ‘Snap’ and ‘Crackle’ she envisioned crystal, metal tones and textures and incorporated them through crackle glassware, gold flatware and even beachy elements such as silver coral and beach rocks. For an additional sensory delight guests were treated to firecrackers to ‘SNAP’ with delight and Pop Rocks in champagne for a ‘CRACKLE’ in their mouths! 34

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Inspiration is everywhere. Fusing three completely different ideas, Vanessa and her team created a table that’s chic memorable, fresh, and fun!

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A SHABBY CHIC WEDDING INSPIRED BY SEA AND SAND Like a mermaid longing for sand in her feet, a bride may wish for a seascape wedding in her own backyard.

STYLIST EMILEE SUTHERLAND

Primary Petals, Becca Rillo Photography and Tastefully

FLORAL DESIGN SAMANTHA SANTANA

Tattered granted this bride’s wishes and created a wedding filled with details reminiscent of castaway treasures from a once glamorous ship.

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Tattered boat sails inspired the table linens and a rope around the napkin added the right touch to the napkins. Elements in unexpected shades of gold, dusty teal and purple were balanced by the neutral hues of wispy whites, tans and browns in the sea shells, nautical net and cork stand.

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For this bride, natural is the key. Instead of tiara and diamonds, a floral wreath over her sun-kissed hair and pearls around her neck were just what she needed.

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Imagine a private villa o verlooking a qu a blue waters and white sand bea ches … the per fect setting  for a ho neymoon an d the ideal backdrop for our honeymoo n photo shoot. But before you go thinkin g we jetted of f to the other side of th e world, check out where our jets landed us—Riviera M aya, Mexico.   No longer limited to the po r t of call for underage college springbreakers, Riviera Maya has tu r ned  into a  top destination for bouti que reso r ts with pristi ne bea ches, f ive star restauran ts, and i mpeccable service, wo r thy of a luxu r y reputation.  Now among the most popular destinations  for hone ymooners, our  favorite hotspot in Mexic o has co mpletely tr ans for med all-inclusi ve resor ts with a level of taste  and service tha t has us wondering on ly one thing—when do  we get to go back ?

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ZoĂŤtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya, Mexico

Destination weddings are always a lovely opportunity to combine the excitement of a wedding with the relaxation of a vacation. Utilize ideas that can easily be packed in a suitcase for airplane travel. Pick flowers onsite for the bouquets and boutonniere. Poles found at the resort contributed to the carefree ceremony decor with the simple addition of a festive red fringe. Tequila shots greeted guests at their place cards, while Zoetry’s sommelier provided a variety of tequilas for an impromptu tequila tasting. Mini bottles of boutique tequila varieties, along with shot glasses and a lime were used as favors.

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With family and friends spread from Chicago to southern California, Cecile

With family and friends spread from Chicago to southern California, Cecile Phan and Darryl Yip decided to hold a destination wedding — in Hawai'i. “Why not do it up?” Cecile said. Against the backdrop of Maui’s crashing waves and sublime sunset, the couple traded vows in an outdoor affair that emphasized modern style over anything the couple deemed too tropical. “We figured the background of Hawai'i would contribute enough,” Cecile explained. “We went for

Phan and Darryl Yip decided to hold a destination wedding — in Hawai'i. “Why not do it up?” Cecile said. Against the backdrop of Maui’s crashing waves and sublime sunset, the couple traded vows in an outdoor affair that emphasized modern style over anything the couple deemed too tropical. “We figured the background of Hawai'i would contribute enough,” Cecile explained. “We went for simple, modern, fresh.”

simple, modern, fresh.”

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THE PROPOSAL In the middle of Beringer Vineyards’ courtyard, Cecile stood beside her friends, her eyes glued to her camera as she scanned the pictures she’d taken on her business trip through Napa Valley. She didn’t see her friends creep away, she didn’t watch Darryl approach — Cecile didn’t know what was happening until she looked up and saw her boyfriend had dropped to one knee.

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“When we first met, Cecile told me once that she couldn’t see how two people could love each other for the length of their lives,” Darryl said. “So when I proposed, I told her how much I loved her and how I wanted to prove her wrong every day for the rest of our lives.”

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THE CEREMONY Cecile and Darryl took advantage of Maui’s natural beauty by holding their ceremony where the Olowalu Plantation House grounds meet the ocean. “The venue was literally something out of a movie,” said Cecile, who described “the waves crashing, the sound of the ocean, and the beautiful picturesque sunset” as sensations that will linger in the memories of the couple and their 70 guests. Cecile and Darryl exchanged vows beneath a bamboo arch draped in white fabric and tuberose garland. “With all the beautiful things around us, there was definitely nothing more beautiful than what was right in front of me,” Darryl said. “It was as if everything just faded to the background.” U T T E R LY E N G AG E D

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For a pop of color against their taupe taffeta gowns, bridesmaids carried bright yellow mono-botanical bouquets of button mums, calla lilies, ranunculus and daisies, while the groomsmen donned coordinating blooms on their slate-colored suits. Cecile wore an organza gown with swaths of fabric that fell like “waves in the ocean, which fit Hawai'i very well,� she said.

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THE RECEPTION Cocktail hour began with custom concoctions named for the couple—Phan-tastic and Deezylicious—and the couple’s signature cocktail, a mixture of St-Germaine elderflower liquor and Champagne. Guests sipped their drinks and noshed on shrimp and chicken skewers while listening to tune taken from Darryl’s iPod. Later, a local DJ enlivened the atmosphere. “Literally everyone was on the dance floor having an awesome time until the last moment,” Cecile said. “I was nervous about it because who really dances at weddings? I think the open bar helped.”

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Escort cards were tucked into beds of wheat grass, and tables were marked by do-it-yourself painted wooden numbers glued to the colorful paper background of a simple white frame. Tables were dressed in white and gray, and topped with alternating centerpieces of boxed wheat grass and cymbidium orchids arranged above moss-covered river rocks. The station-style buffet dinner was “the best wedding food we’ve ever had,” Cecile said, and included fresh seafood served with mango relish and pineapple-mint salsa, Asian delicacies and marinated Maui vegetables. But the surprise of the evening, Cecile said, was Hawaiian shaved ice. “It was a hit,” she said, remembering guests who clamored for the coconut-, mango-, salted plumor berry-flavored treat.

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Olowalu Plantation House

Cafe O'Lei

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Tec Petaja Photography

Lois Hiranaga Floral Design

Priscilla of Boston

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Jennifer and Kenton wanted a destination wedding that riffed off their home’s shabby chic and vintage décor, and enchanted guests with Mexico’s colorful traditions without getting too tacky. It was a challenge for event designer Mishka Aznoe de Morales, who said, “Because another friend of theirs was also getting married in the same place just months before, it was super important that the wedding reflected Jennifer and Kenton but didn’t stray to the same Mexican elements their friend had used. Jennifer wanted the space to look completely different.”

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{ THE PROPOSAL } Kenton — a bottle of tequila in each hand and a beer hat on his head — was headed for the door of a Sayulita bodega when Jennifer walked in. She took one look and said, “Nice hat. I have the same one,” Kenton said. “I never would have thought that my love for Guinness would lead to the love of my life.” The pair ran into each other again in that small Mexican city, first at a local bar and then at the wedding they were both there to attend. At the end of their short trip, Kenton knew he didn’t want that to be the last he saw of Jennifer. “So the day I got back to Portland, I booked my flight for New York to see her the very next weekend. The rest,” he said, “is history.”

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{ THE CEREMONY } For the ceremony, Mishka transformed the back of Don Pedro’s Palapa into a posh lounge that doubled as a cocktail parlor. Mishka anchored the large yard with a gazebo-like chuppah covered in flowers and foliage and entwined with trees to make it “look like it had been there for a while,” Mishka said. “It was really important to me that the chuppah looked like it belonged there, and not like we had just brought it in for the wedding.”

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The chuppah was surrounded by Tiffany chairs and lounge furniture, “peppered with vintage–looking pillows in Jennifer and Kenton’s colors, as well as glass vases filled with flowers,” Mishka said. Minutes before Jennifer met Kenton under the chuppah, Mishka laid down vibrant pink rose petals, which Jennifer’s niece and flower girl topped off as she traipsed down the aisle.

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{ THE RECEPTION } Lace–punched escort cards hung from doorknobs attached to a wooden frame, and led guests to tables named with vintage Mexican posters. Only one table broke the mold — a Guinness sign adorned Jennifer and Kenton’s table, to commemorate the couple’s unusual first meeting. Tables dressed in cream chiffon were covered by milk crates hand-crafted by Mishka. On the boxes, the names of Mexican milk companies were scrawled “Vintage doesn’t really exist in Mexico,” Mishka said. “People use up everything until it honestly becomes unusable, so vintage down here has to be created.” Each crate was filled with roses, ranunculus and lisianthus. “I wanted a vintage garden feel,” Mishka said, “like you had gone to the garden and picked the most beautiful buds to adorn the table.”

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Between the crates were blue mason jars filled with candles — a detail the bride had insisted on and brought to Mexico herself. Mishka rebuilt the ceremony chuppah into a photo booth, hanging a two-person swing between its beams and leaving masks, glasses and hats behind. “Everyone loved the photo booth,” Jennifer said. “We also handed out hand-painted maracas for everyone to shake while dancing. Everything was perfect — the band was awesome, the ceremony was quiet, the speeches were heartwarming, the food was delicious and everyone seemed to have a blast.”

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{THE VENDORS} CEREMONY  & RECEPTION LOCATION Don Pedro’s Palapa, Sayulita, Mexico www.donpedros.com

GROOM’S SUIT John Helmer www.johnhelmer.com

CATERER Don Pedro’s Restaurant, Sayulita, Mexico www.donpedros.com

FLORAL/CAKE/FAVORS DESIGNER Mishka Designs, Jalisco, Mexico mishkadesignspv.blogspot.com

PHOTOGRAPHY Jillian Mitchell, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico www.jillianmitchell.net

INVITATION DESIGNER Oblation Papers & Press, Portland, OR www.oblationpapers.com

BRIDE’S DRESS Monique Lhuillier www.moniquelhuillier.com

RENTALS Kerry Moeller, Sayulita, Mexico www.sayulitawave.com

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What do you get when you gather amazing shops, frilly trims, and fizzy drinks? You get fizz & frills, the first ever wedding marketplace! The ladies of Utterly Engaged, Lovely

find yourself in a frill lover’s paradise.

Jubilee, and Blu Bungalow came

Blu Bungalow was the perfect setting

together to host this unique shopping

for this intimate shopping event and

event with one goal, to create an

its modern aesthetic helped set the

inspirational environment for brides

tone for one amazing weekend. The

and frill seekers to come and shop

dĂŠcor would delight the frill lover in

from a fine selection of independent

anyone. Layers of ribbon and trims

designers and artisans. Curated

by Lovely Jubilee draped the space,

with love, this event was the perfect

paper flowers by Sara Kim sprinkled

opportunity for brides and frill seekers

the walls, tables and signage, and

to meet the people behind the shops

huge balloons with fancy frills by

and indulge in their products firsthand.

Geronimo! Balloons accented the event. Adding layers of pretty to Fizz

When you first walked up to Blu

& Frills, La Tavola Fine Linen Rentals

Bungalow, you were greeted with

provided some of their most exquisite

a fanciful creation from Geronimo!

linens, which included blush pink polka

Balloons. Only a few steps down, you’d

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rosettes, and crisp white Tuscan linens. Mini floral arrangements by Lovely Little Details could be found throughout the event.

Each shopper was welcomed with a swag bag, provided by Hello Hanna & Sticker You, filled with goodies from DryBar, Envelopments, Hello Hanna, Shop No. 144, Flora Bond and more, and given a color coded fabric button handmade with love by Lauren Elise Crafted. They also received a punch ticket by Jen Simpson Designs that took them on a mini scavenger hunt throughout the event, which earned them an entry to win some amazing giveaway prizes from Chronicle Books, Bacon Handmade Neckwear, Handmade by Sara Kim, Geronimo! Balloons, and Flora Bond.

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Brides and frill lovers got to experience top notch products, such as hair accessories and veil, jewelry, invitations, clutch bags, boutonnieres and many more from a list of creative designers and artisans. Hanging on the racks and displayed on mannequins were lovely dresses in the perfect shades of coral, navy and white from Bella Bridesmaid that shoppers can touch and feel.

Brides were able to take a break from the shopping and get beautified by The Glamourist and give their ring fingernail a punch of color, glitter or flower by Plumberry Nail Spa. Lips, lashes, and nails, oh my! On Sunday, shoppers could sit down for a

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h and ma de clutc h ba gs FRITTS ROS ENOW BESPOKE BOU TONNIERES

o r g i nal b es p oke bouton nie res GERONIMO! BALLOON TROOP ER S

g ia nt latex bal loo ns with fan c y fr ill s KIRSTEN K EU HN DESI GN S

hand made clutc h ba gs OVER THE MOO N VINTAGE R ENTAL S

home ma de c u sto m vinta ge det ails PLU M P R ETTY SUGAR LOUNGER IE

whi s p e r soft a pp a rel, ac c out re m en t a nd l i fest y le c ol lec t io ns SATSUMA PR ESS

m ode r n a nd t im eless p a p e r desig ns TESSA KIM

bridal veils a nd ac cesso ries fo r m ode r n bride wit h a vinta ge t wi st THE POETRY STORE

p e rsona l i z ed p oe m, c ustom jewel r y, framed p o et r y a r t THRE E LITTL E WOR DS PAPER

hand made c ustom weddin g stat ione r y a nd affo rdable c u stom izable wedd in g col lec t io n LIA SO PHIA

fash ion fo r wa rd jewelr y MY B RIDAL BLING

c u stom rhin eston es a p pa rel fo r the bride to be a nd bri da l pa r t y

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cont e m p o ra r y ha nd ma de weddin g i n vit at io nsa nd custom wa ll p ri n ts POPPY HEARTS

ha nd ma de fashi onable ha i r ad o r n ments RIC HIE D E SIGNS

m ode r n let te r p ress g reet ings and in vit at io ns SC E NE, NOT HE R D JE W E LRY

whim s ica l vi nt ag e jewelr y HON EY MY HE A RT

whim i sca l vintag e jewelr y MAR G ARET E L IZ AB ETH DE SIGNS

cust om i z ed jewelr y fo r b rides, b ri des maids a nd f lowe r g i rls TH E COL L EC T ION E VE NT STUDI O

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shoulder massage by Mark the massage therapist. To help keep the party and shopping going, the DJs from Spintronix spun summer jams and classic tunes on the 1s and 2s. Shoppers got to sip on fancy fizz provided by IZZE and Bartenders Unlimited and quench their thirst with a refreshing bottle of Smart Water. Making their way further into the event, things just got sweeter with a full dessert spread of gourmet popsicles by Haute Pops, cake pops by Sweet Lauren Cakes, and a scrumptious sweet bar by The Dessertiste! (We’re still dreaming of Thai Basil Pineapple pops, Red Velvet cake pops, a Secret Recipe Apple Pie, Strawberry Bellinis, and Clementine soda. Mmmmmm!).

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One highlight of the event was Silvi Alcivar of The Poetry Store, who created custom poems for attendees on her royal red typewriter. Shoppers enjoyed being a muse to a poet and her typewriter for a day (or a weekend for some). The poems were truly unique and touching – bringing tears to quite a few recipients.

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To top off all the amazing details, shops,

to win a dress of their own. On Sunday,

and perks, the weekend had a stellar lineup

Cathleya Schroeckenstein aka Mrs. Penguin

of wedding experts, stylists, and designers

of Weddingbee, as well as local SF bees

to help brides get through their wedding

and other hive members came out for a

planning in style, with love and purpose. On

Weddingbee Meetup, while Summer Watkins

Saturday, Lindsie Jones of Haute Haute Bride Bride hosted

of Grey Likes Weddings showed attendees

a trunk show and gave brides personalized

how to style a wedding inspired by a ruffle

tips on how to pick the perfect accessories

dress. Brittni Mehlhoff of Papernstitch gave

for their big day. Danni Hong of Oh, Hello

a demo on how to arrange a simple floral

Friend shared a few simple crafty projects

bouquet and create a keepsake clay pendant

in an intimate setting. Meg Mateo Ilasco,

to give to your bridesmaids. The weekend

author of “Crafting a Meaningful Home� was

event concluded with a dialogue about

Bridget Brown Brown of of there to sign her books. Bridget

weddings and marriage with Meg Keene of A

Bridesmaid talked about hot trends Bella Bridesmaid Bella

Practical Wedding, Cathleya Schroeckenstein

for bridesmaid dresses and brought two

of Weddingbee, Lucia Dinh Pador and Henny

assistants to do a demo on a couple creative

Vallee of Utterly Engaged, which gave brides

ways to wear a twobirds dress, and ended

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With this wedding marketplace, the ladies of

Volatile Photography, Tinywater Photography,

Utterly Engaged decided to continue their

DK Photography, Thai Mai Photography – and

support of For Japan With Love by donating $1

our exclusive videographer Cinematt who joined

from each ticket sold to Shelter Box to aid in

us throughout the weekend to capture all of the

disaster relief efforts around the world.

beautiful details that brought this event to life. And special thanks to Mary Phan of Very Merry

A huge thank you goes out to ALL of the shop

Events for helping with the décor, as well as

vendors, event sponsors, swag bag sponsors,

assisting throughout the weekend. The event

special guests, team members, local sponsors,

wouldn’t have been possible without these

brides and frill seekers that help make the first

awesome individuals and more.

ever Fizz & Frills such a success! We’d like to thank the amazing group of photographers – Suzy Clement Photographs, Meg Perotti,

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In con j u n c t i o n w it h the Co n fe re n ce fo r Creat i ve E n t re p re n e u r s that wa s h a p p e n i n g that s a m e we e ke n d , we ho ste d a G re e t . Meet, & E at . o n F r i d ay, Augu st 5 t h . I t wa s a perfe c t way to k i c k o f f the am a z i n g we e ke n d that wa s a b o u t to happe n . Ta co s , desse r t s , p h o to b o o t h , new f r i e n d s , a n d water m e l o n m o j i to s oh my !

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TALENT with HEART: Lovely Little Details w r i t t e n b y S A M A N T H A AV I L E S

Jacin Fitzgerald knows that it’s the little things in life that make all the difference. Like details at a wedding. Or selling jam and pickles one jar at a time to raise money for those in need. Aft er tr avell ing th e world in sea rc h of h er pur pose (including a yearl ong stint in Australia) this Ea st-Coas t girl l anded in San Francisco with the real ization th at she has a pa ss ion fo r the deta ils in lif e and a desire to sha re tha t pas si on with others. So in 201 0 she star ted Lovely Little Details , an event design and c oo rdination c om pany dedicat ed to the l ittle joy s f or which it was named.

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“Think about what makes you happy and how you can help someone with a piece of your happiness. Find ways to use your talents to help others – whether it’s donating sales, volunteering, or pitching in to help someone who might be struggling. Partner with other vendors who want to help out, maybe donate your services to a person in need. It will make your job so much more meaningful in the long run.”

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Charlotte Mills | Southern California www .plumprettysugar.com concierge@plumprettysugar.com

my name is Charlotte Mills, Founder and Creative Director of Plum Pretty

Sugar Loungerie. i’ve been doing it for a few sweet years. i’m good at pretty things. my work environment is ocean breezy and heartfelt. my work is inspired by moments in this life, the subtle moment before we

fall asleep, journeys taken, love travelled, ocean, flowers, art, details in the little moments. my biggest accomplishment is happiness. my worst fear is love lost in this life, this world, for others. if i have all the money in the world, i would oh my… gosh… I think it is still

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South Africa

our names are Travis and Maike Mc Neill of welovepic-

tures. we’ve been doing it for 3 years. we’re good at Travis - The people side of things. Maike -

Editing and retouching. our work environment is we used to work from home but

that was only fun for a little while. Now we have a studio in downtown Cape Town. Its modern white space with revamped vintage desks & furniture. We love it. our work is inspired by classic portraiture and street and

documentary photography our biggest accomplishment is to finally see our little busi-

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typography. our work environment is a cheery studio in our home, which

means that our commute is a short walk down the hallway, we share our workspace with our cats, and we can raid the fridge whenever we feel it's prudent to do so. our work is inspired by Midcentury commercial art and

children's books, Victorian typography and flourishes, Second Empire architecture, Disney movies from the 50's and 60's, and our amazing peers in the contemporary illustration world. our biggest accomplishment is starting This Paper Ship from

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