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2017 Trending Wedding Themes

Hello  brides to be ! Are you planning your 2017 wedding?  Well we have some hot inspiration for you on whats hott this wedding season. They are all chic, sophisticated, fresh and completely fabulous! Take a look and be inspired.

One of the biggest trends for year 2016,  was the greenery and garden feel, and it will still be popular in 2017. Everything from eucalyptus garlands to floral headpieces.  There is something just dreamy and timeless about greenery.  The texture speaks for itself.  This would be specifically exquisite for a country club or outdoor wedding.



Neutrals and Metallic s are still trending. Who doesn’t love Golds, silvers and Blushes!  These accents have been making a huge statement and we LOVE it!

elegant-silver-and-ivory-neutral-wedding-colors-for-2017-wedding-trendsNeutrals and Natural/Rustic elements are still hanging on. However, we love that the barn rustic feel is going more to the waist side and brides are choosing to pair more elegant materials and fabrics and softer colors with the neutral palette.  

We LOVE the watercolor trend. It’s very whimsical and romantic. Love the bit of texture it adds as well. unique-pink-DIY-watercolor-wedding-inspiration

Boho is a hot one!  The word “Bohemian” comes from the French word for “gypsy,” and it applies to those who live unconventional (usually artistic) lives.  The Style lends itself to very diverse elements. The organic design of the floral arrangements and the mixture of patterns is a great example of this as well as the colorful color palette.  LOVE the Tee Pee lounge space and the way they incorporated various tapestries into the wedding ceremony! vibrant-colorlful-bohemian-wedding-inspiration

Geod and Agate Theme. This is one of my favorites.  It really does appear that 2017 is the year for all things natural,  Geods, crystals and Agates are no exception.  They have such wonderful texture and colors which make them a perfect design inspiration.  750225dd66b34fe123cf8c34320cf1b3

Well, what do you think? What design tends do you forecast for 2017?

Surprise Party

Its always a pleasure when you build lasting relationships with your clients and are able to work with them to plan all of the memorable occasions in their family.  From graduations to surprise birthday parties, its always an honor.  I met Alan several years ago when he contacted me about planning a surprise birthday party for his wife Michele.  We had a blast planning it and she was beyond surprised, so when it came time for Alans 60th birthday Michele wanted to return the favor and contacted us.  We couldn’t have been more excited to pull off a surprise party for Alan.

In our initial meeting with Michele she told us a little more about Alans interests.  Not only is he a Kidney doctor which we already knew, but he is a lover of sci-fi, old Hollywood style and a lover of movies.  With this in mind we wanted the décor and feel for the event to be very chic and masculine without being cliché. Therefore, we went with a masculine yet sophisticated color scheme of Black, Silver and burgundy.  We pulled in different patterns and textures to bring depth and interest to the style of the event.  The greek key linen was one of our favorites.   That combined with Crinkle taffeta and satin linens with the punch of red in the napkins and flowers, really set the tone for an upscale birthday party.

Guests were treated to a plated dinner, dancing and an open bar.

Other special touches of the event included a wish tree that the guests were able to write “scripts” /wishes  for the birthday boy.  The photobooth is always a big hit with this family so we knew this party would not be complete without it and what party would be complete without desserts.  Not only was there birthday cake but several different dessert options that the guests could choose from.

The most difficult part of the planning was keeping the party a surprise, because all of Alans friends, family and colleagues were attending.   However, the surprise was a success and he couldn’t have been happier.  Thank you Michele, Alan and family, it was a sincere pleasure being a part of such a special day. Happy Birthday!

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Where have we been?


Well……… as you may or may not have noticed we have not been as active on social media as we have in the past and this includes blogging. I have debated this post for several months but after a nice conversation with a colleague in the industry, I decided maybe now was the time to write this post.

Many have asked, are you still booking events?….the answer is YES! However, we are ONLY accepting a VERY limited amount of events. Although I LOVE designing events and have proven to be quite good at it…(yes a little pat on the back for me) it is a extremely time consuming and emotionally straining profession. It requires long hours, often working weekdays, nights and weekends especially in the summer and over holidays. Being a business owner adds even more responsibility and stress to the mix. Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with a local photographer who has been in the industry for several years, we were chatting and sharing stories and he mentioned to me that he has missed 46 summers and raised his children from afar, in order to make a living to support his family, in this industry and follow his passion. 46 summers! Can you believe that….. So far I have missed 8 summers, and I will say this I’m not willing to miss anymore of them. I am now a single mother and summers are when my daughter is out of school. I don’t want to miss every single weekend with her due to having to work a wedding. Who knows, I may only have one chance at being a mom and I want my summers, weekends and holidays to be memories that I share with her and the rest of my family……

Over the years my clients have become friends and some more like family. I have truly enjoyed getting to know them and see them grow as a family and am honored to be a part of their life events. This is why I have decided to only accept a limited amount of events. I want to personally bond and get to know each of my clients and make their events truly memorable. The past 2 seasons we had the opportunity to design and coordinate some remarkable events and I have to say I am so thankful for all of the fabulous women at Elite as well as my close friends and family who stepped up and helped me and supported me during a very difficult time in my personal life. These girls are made of gold and I’m so grateful that god brought each and every one of them into my life. Kati, Melissa, Sharon, Laurie, Megan, Brooke, Erika, Shayna, Ashley, and all of the amazing interns that have assisted us over the last few seasons.  Not to mention my family and very close friends Hayley, Kristi, Beth, Cori, Kris, Terry etc, who have helped either by assisting at an event, babysitting you name it.   I love you all so much!. Every Elite Event is truly a group effort. I may be the brains behind the operation but without my team it wouldn’t be an ELITE EVENT.

These girls and I have had several events published on national blogs and in national magazines and I hope to continue with that. YES we will still remain at 1113 Adams, for now thought our studio is open by appointment only. I hope to start blogging again and becoming more active again on social media. I also hope to add more social events to our repertoire and celebrate other life events besides doing mainly weddings. I really appreciate all of the fabulous referrals that my colleges have passed along it is always so wonderful working with you, I appreciate your trust In me and I hope to see you more this up coming year.

So for all of you that have been wondering where we have been and where are going, that’s the scoop. Thank you to all of you that have helped me make Elite Events what it is today, I couldn’t have done it without you!


We will be updating our website galleries soon with our fabulous events from over this past season so stay tuned!


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Fairy Gardens

Fairy Gardens!

We are excited to announce we have added fairy gardens and fairy garden accessories to our boutique.  As a very detail oriented company fairy gardens are right up our alley.  I’m sure most of you have seen a fairy garden or two, here are some fun facts about fairy gardens that you may or may not know.

It all starts with the container.  Show your personality off with the type of container you select then build upon it. Containers of all shapes and sizes are prime real estate for Fairy Gardens.  Here are a few containers that we love.



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 New to fairy gardens or gardening? You don’t have to be intimidated with the elaborate layouts and accessories, START SMALL.  We suggest maybe a basket, or planter box.  They are portable and won’t require a lot of plants or accessories.  The “Fairy Garden Architects” create small houses and accessories from natural materials. Some of the accessories that we have include: benches, wheel barrows, table set, bridges, stone walkways, fences, arches, houses, and the fairies themselves. Not every gardener places little stone fairies in their garden, but instead likes to suggest that the fairies are out and about and could return at any moment. Feel free to complete your garden with a small figurine fairy to pull it all together.

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Fairy gardens are easy for beginners because caring for them is pretty simple. Putting succulents in your fairy garden creates a stable environment that does not need a lot of water or extra attention. Use low creeping plants that cover the ground as fairy “lawns.” Some fairy gardens are for the indoors only, with plants, such as, succulents and mosses; but some fairy gardens can be outdoors with more extravagant flowers and plants.

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Get the whole family involved! Fairy gardens are a fun activity that you can do with your kids! HAVE FUN!




It’s no surprise to anyone that knows me that I am a Cali girl! Southern California is literally one of the most beautiful places in the world, so imagine my excitement when one of my closest friends told me she had decided to get married in Laguna Beach!

I have known Christin and Matt for a very long time and I was sincerely honored to be able to be a part of their special day.  It was a celebration I will never forget! The love between the two of them was over flowing!

They had an intimate gathering of their close friends, family, and even Parker their Yorkie got to join in on the celebration too! We are excited to share some of our favorites of their special day…

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Venue :: Pacific Edge Hotel
Planning + Design :: Elite Events
Photography :: McCune Photography
Videography :: Cinematic Age
Flowers :: Showcase Floral
Cake :: Sweet and Saucy Shop
Wedding Dress: Tara Keely
Sash :: Ivy and Aster
Headpiece :: Sara Gabriel
Jewelry :: Kate Spade
Grooms Suit :: Bonobos