Archives for March 2017

20th Street Cottage Interior Design – Fairy Godmother Friday

Exciting things have been happening at the 20th Street Cottage, here in Downtown Bakersfield!

After having the 20th Street Cottage Community Room redesigned by the one and only Jamie Urner of Jamie Urner Interior Designs, we realized that a much needed project had landed upon our fairy wings… The cottage needed a complete facelift!! 

Jamie Urner is no stranger to the Fairy Godmother family, after Fairy Godmother Colleen produced her sister’s wedding. 

When it came time to do some revamping at the cottage, we knew just who to call. 

Once the redesign of the Community Room had concluded, we had an itch we just couldn’t scratch… We quickly had Jamie dive into design options for the hallway and kitchen.  

Cinderella’s glass slipper and fairy blue accents added subtle hints to the kitchen, and you know that we are all about the details!

We were completely thrilled with the outcome!  

We wanted a feel that combined our love of our namesake Cinderella, the class of brides before us like Jackie O., Lucille Ball and Grace Kelly, and then added finishing touches from the modern era. Jamie took all of this and created her own magic at the 20th Street Cottage!

When it came time to redesign our office, we let Jamie take the reigns. Taking productivity and elegance to create a functional workspace that would double as an elegant setting when the Fairies aren’t hard at work.   

Jamie absolutely nailed it! Adding in light touches of our beloved “fairy blue” bringing our brand to life in our office, mirrored shelving to showcase our great works, and a new table giving us the chance to gather around the table… literally!

A complete facelift wouldn’t be complete without every room… All that we had left was the loo! 

Jamie added some fur, vintage mirrors and new lighting to bring the room to its full potential!

Come visit us at the Fairy Godmother office, contact us today for your no obligation consultation! 

 

Congratulations! You’re Engaged, Now What…? – Magical Monday

You’re engaged! There has been so much planning up to this point, but you are moving right along with the help of your planner!

At this point in our “Congratulations! You’re engaged, now what…?” series, you are approximately 8-10 months away from your magical day!

Now that you have nailed down some of the finer details, lets jump into more of the fun stuff… Choosing your wedding party!

Your wedding party is usually compiled by your very best friend along with siblings or other immediate relatives. This is not where you find a place for your entire family, but maybe a cousin or someone who has been your trusted confidant for many years. Maybe even a college roommate! This is also not the place for your new friend of five minutes.

Save yourself a little sanity and think about who has been there for you when you’ve needed a shoulder to cry on, or an ear to tell a secret to. Those are your people.

Fairy Godmother Valdophye Wedding Party

Photo by Valdophye Photography.

Your wedding party can be as big, or as small, as you desire. However, think of things such as time, activities, and patience when considering your party. If you are interested in a fairly quick ceremony, but you have a bridal party of 15 on each side, it may take them a minute to all walk down to the altar, and stall your speedy plans.

 Remember, when asking your friends to join you in your nuptials, be sure to mull over your options. Ask yourself, “Will I be as close to this person in 10 years, as I am today?” If your answer is no, you may want to reconsider. Another final tip is to make sure that your wedding party will all get along and mesh perfectly! 

If you haven’t already, contact Fairy Godmother and let us share our fairy magic with you to create a seamlessly magical event! 

And They Lived Happily Ever After… – Fairy Godmother Friday

“Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo!” – Fairy Godmother

Fairy Godmother Gwen Corona Photography

We have shared countless events with you, and you have been there to cheer us on as we have continued to grow. We know that we couldn’t do any of this without you, we are so thankful for our “Fairy Followers!”

One couple recently came to Fairy Godmother wish a vision. This vision was in direct correlation with one of their many shared passions, Disney!

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When Fairy Godmother Cassandra first met Mindi and Julian, she knew that she was going to have to break out her fairy dust and get creative.

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The wedding took place at the historic Noriega House here in Bakersfield, amidst the bright green lawn, perfectly juxtaposed with the bright white of the arch surrounded by all of their closest family and friends.

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Paper products by Matinae Design Studio.

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Gwen Corona of Gwen Corona Photography captured the day perfectly! Stunning portraits to capturing every intricate detail, we are so proud to call her a “friendor!”

Fairy Godmother Gwen Corona Disney Wedding

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Mindi’s bouquet is a one of a kind creation by As You Wish. It was compiled of many, many unique broaches and embellishments, and we can’t forget the pearls!

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The seating chart was as unique as the day, and keys were tagged with guests’ names and table numbers.

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“Whos its and whats its galore!” Mindi and Julian had plenty. The reception table centerpieces were decorated with unique Disney trinkets all relative of some of Disney’s most commonly known movies such as The Little Mermaid, Alice in Wonderland, and Beauty and the Beast!

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Some of Mindi and Julian’s guests even got into the Disney spirit and joined the fun!

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 Guests were fully immersed into this Disney-inspired wedding, no detail was spared in planning.

Everything was considered from the cake topper, to handpicked books and even lanterns inspired by Alice In Wonderland! 

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A spoon full of sugar was the perfect guest favor for this absolutely magical wedding.

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This wedding was featured on Offbeat Bride, see it here!

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Thank you, Mindi and Julian for trusting Fairy Godmother with your magical day. We are truly honored!

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The Black Tux Groom’s Guide – Wedding Wednesday

Okay, grooms. You did it, you popped “THAT” question! Now it’s time to get to work.

Our friends at The Black Tux have put together a guide for wedding planning, just for grooms!

This guide includes all the “do’s” and “don’ts” of groom’s wedding etiquette.

Well, we say “etiquette,” The Black Tux refers to the levels of the guide as “party foundations!”

It is 2017, it’s time for the gentleman to do more than pick their favorite cake flavor…

Leaving all the work to mothers and brides-to-be is just uncalled for!

Let’s dive in!

As we begin, we know that the groom will be an active part in two pieces of wedding planning… #1. The proposal and #2. The vows.

Lets beef it up a bit and add in a few more helpful ways for the groom to save his future spouse from a true headache!

Have a valid opinion! Let your voice be heard and share your ideas in your appointments, being indecisive doesn’t help your partner make a choice any easier.

Suggest hiring a wedding planner to help keep your plans running smoothly, Fairy Godmother would LOVE to help plan your day!

Next up, bridal party!

How to choose your mates doesn’t have to be the most difficult part of wedding planning, we promise.

Brothers, soon-to-be brothers, closest friends, and ultimately it boils down to who could you trust with your final pre-wedding fiesta, or better yet, the rings!

Your magical day has finally arrived! All of your planning has come to an end, and you are going to finally be able to enjoy your big day.

There will be a lot to do on your big day, but with the help of your planner it will go without a hitch!

Contact Fairy Godmother today to start planning your magical day, and let the co-planning begin!

 

Congratulations! You’re Engaged, Now What…? – Magical Monday

Yay! You’re engaged!

Now, you have chosen your venue, date and wedding planner… Let the fun begin!

What is one thing that we love more than wedding planning? Shopping!

A wedding gown is one of a bride’s most prized possessions, you want it to be absolutely perfect!

It is best to start your shopping excursions as early as possible, gowns can take up to a year to prepare!

In this day in age, with as many different brands and styles available, brides have so many options. It is imperative that you consider any potential religious restrictions to your gown. 

Shopping around early for your gown is best because you don’t want to feel rushed, and you want to be sure to try them out and see what you love!

Help yourself alleviate the potential stress factor of wedding gown related business by getting ahead of the game and staying on top of your appointments.

When shopping for your gown, you want to be sure that you are in full understanding of your chosen store’s policies and practices, along with what is included in your purchase when you are ready to do so. Inclusions may or may not include your hairpiece, veil, or alterations.

Staring points when you head out to find your perfect gown are simple…

First, have your budget ready!

You want to make sure that you spend your time focused on gowns that are in your investment zone.

This will help narrow down your potential options!

Let the bridal salon make recommendations. You know how the old saying goes, “don’t knock it ’til you try it!”

They are in their profession for a reason, and have seen many brides try many gowns! See what they have to offer, you never know how it may go!

Many brides will bring their everyone in their phonebook if they can to their dress fittings… Don’t do this. Limit your squad to your core group of those who will have valid points and make solid recommendations, limiting your crowd will give you a more intimate experience for something as special as this!

One note that will prevent a potential headache is to make an appointment! If you want the attention that you so deserve, make an appointment to get an expert to cater to you. Let the experts immerse you into a proper experience.

Finally, trust your instincts! If your squad has to constantly tell you that you look stunning, and you aren’t feeling it… Chances are it’s not the “one!”

This is totally okay, but don’t settle. You are supposed to feel just like the princess that you are on your big day, don’t let the wrong dress make you feel otherwise!

Original Fairy Godmother Wedding

The original Fairy Godmother wedding. Check out that train!

If you are looking for wedding planning guidance, contact Fairy Godmother and let us use our magic to make sure all of your wedding day needs are met!

 

 

 

Congratulations! You’re Engaged, Now What…? – Magical Monday

Yay! You’re engaged!

At this point in the series of “Congratulations! You’re engaged, now what?” we are about 12 months away from your chosen date.

While you may have already chosen your venue, there may be other facilities desired. Many couples will hold their ceremony at one location, and their reception at another.

It is vital to this process that all of your dates align perfectly, these are the little details that can create waves on your wedding day. Confirming dates and having a physical contract will save you time, and a potential headache, in the event that something does go awry.  

It is incredibly common for couples to get married at their home church and then having their reception at a hall, or venue of the couple’s choice.

There is far more that goes into venue selection that the “ooh’s” and “ahh’s” of appearance and amenities.

Key factors that contribute to venue selection are guest count, style, ambiance, budget, spacial requirements, location, and what is or is not included are just a few.

Having a ballpark idea of your potential guest count is crucial to venue selection because you cannot have 200 guests at an intimate lodge with a maximum capacity of 50. Some things just will not work.

Budget is vital because, well, you more often than not, get what you pay for. If you are looking at hosting a frugal reception only with 50 guests, you might not choose the venue with a $20,000.00 rental fee.

Space is one of the most important parts of venue shopping! While it does revert back to guest count, you may also want to think of any extra spaces that you may want, or need. If you plan to have a sweets station, a drink station, maybe even a mimosa bar, you will need to ensure that you have adequate spaces available.

Finally, another major piece of booking the most perfect venue is to make sure there is a clear understanding by all parties involved of everything that is included, and what is not included. Are you allowed to bring in your own caterer? Does the venue have a preferred vendors list? Will there be a site coordinator included, and will they work well with your planner?

These are all questions that usually come up in walk-through visits and information tabs, but in the event that they do not, you now have the “Congratulations! You’re engaged, now what?” blog series to make sure you have everything covered! For what the blog does not cover, contact Fairy Godmother today to start planning your magical event!

Collaboration of Creative Partners – Fairy Godmother Friday

As we get ready for our March Collaboration of Creative Partners luncheon, we wanted to share about our previous two!

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Specialty logo design by Matinae Design Studio.

Fairy Godmothers Colleen and Cassandra took a “fairy field trip” one day, and as many of you may know, some of our best ideas come from long car rides!

This “Fairy Field Trip” was actually a very special event! It was an exclusive, invitation-only conference put on by Stacie Francombe. Another invitee was none other than the famous Colin Cowie, Colin is best known for celebrity weddings and events. In one of Colin’s speeches, he said that our vendors are much more than the word leads us to believe, and that they are truly “Creative Partners!”

Just like that the “Collaboration of Creative Partners” luncheons were born.

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We have even written an article on the “Collaboration of Creative Partners” that was featured in Volume 6/Issue 6 of Wedding Planner Magazine!

Networking is vital in this industry, and this is why we love our “Collaboration of Creative Partners” luncheons! Having so much talent in one space is the absolute best feeling, and we are so lucky to call each and every one of these vendors, “friendors!”

Wedding Planner Magazine November 2016 Fairy Godmother Collaboration of Creative Partners

The “Collaboration of Creative Partners” luncheons allow for everyone to mingle and interact outside of an event or wedding, it gives us time to get personal and learn more about each other!

Wedding Planner Magazine November 2016 Fairy Godmother Collaboration of Creative Partners

            When business professionals come together and not only share the same air, but have casual conversations and are able to open up out of their shells also bouncing ideas back and forth, brainstorming, and share past experiences to build new ones. Through sharing ideas and goals, magic is created. Whether it is for a new project, or maybe through that of styled or theme inspired shoots. Collaboration open doors to a whole new world of possibilities for vendors.

January’s luncheon was graciously hosted by The Nines Restaurant inside the Bakersfield Marriot in Downtown Bakersfield.

Fairy Godmother Collaboration of Creative Partners Boone & Stacie Weddings

Menu by Matinae Design Studio. Photograph by Boone & Stacie Weddings.

In attendance we had Courtney of GhilaDolci Bakery, Joshua, Emily and Molly of Evermoore Films, JC Cota of All Sound Music, Diana of House of Flowers, Boone & Stacie of Boone & Stacie Weddings, and Ismael of The Nines Restaurant!

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Our January Collaboration of Creative Partners attendees. Photograph by Boone & Stacie Weddings.

Our February luncheon was held at the Bakersfield Petroleum Club, one of the most elite premier clubs in Bakersfield.

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February was sweet, just like our guests! Photograph by J.Michelle Photography

Our friendors Janaye of J.Michelle Photography, Donald Glenn of Donald Glenn Entertainment, Madison and Brittany of the Petroleum Club of Bakersfield, Allie Mae of The Beautiful Life LLC, and Janice of the Flower Bar took the time out of their busy schedules to join us! 

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February’s Creative Partner squad! Photograph by J.Michelle Photography.

If you are interested in joining us at one of our Creative Partner luncheons, please contact Colleen directly at Colleen@FairyGodmotherEvents.net! We would be more than excited to invite you!

 

Congratulations! You’re Engaged, Now What…? – Magical Monday

Congratulations on your recent engagement! 

In this series, we are about 12 months out from your magical day!

Now that you have a wedding style in your mind, and you have your wedding budget set… It’s now time to hire Fairy Godmother! 

Fairy Godmother A Wedding and Event Planning Company

Many people are skeptical of their need for an event producer, so there are a lot of questions that arise before booking. Think of an event producer as an insurance policy, you don’t know why you have it until you need it. 

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Photo by C & B Pictures, now Bella Allure Studio.

Wedding planning is a big deal with lots of moving parts! Here at Fairy Godmother, we want to alleviate any stress factors and let you enjoy your day to day life leading up to your magical event, let our fairy dust handle the rest! 

There is power in knowledge! If your venue offers a site coordinator, be sure to know exactly what they will and will not do for you. Remember, usually, a site coordinator’s first matter of importance is the venue. 

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The Fairies are with you every step of the way, even during photos! Snapped by Boone & Stacie Weddings.

One of the best parts of having a Fairy Godmother by your side, from start to finish, is that we have done this a time or two before…

We understand that things happen, and we have found only the best ways to prevent them from happening and to fix them if they happen!

Another quality of excellence that the Fairies of Fairy Godmother pride themselves on is their total dedication to the client. We aren’t just there to ensure your day runs as it should, but to also be by your side throughout the entire event. 

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Fairy Godmother Cassandra with her stunning bride Sydnee! Photograph by Boone & Stacie Weddings.

Our attention to our clients is not our only pride and joy, but also for our dedication to the industry. All of us at Fairy Godmother are constantly learning and educating ourselves, allowing for us to not only be experienced professionals, but to be trusted and expert professionals!

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Fairy Godmother Colleen with the one and only Mike of Freestyle Entertainment! Captured by Valdophye Photography.

While we believe that every couple deserves their very own Fairy Godmother, we think there is power in numbers! Every event, wedding or corporate party, has at least two Fairy Godmothers in attendance to aid for whenever and wherever the need arises.

Fairy Godmother Event Producers

Fairy Godmother Event Producers. Photo by Makenzie Photography.

We are so excited to share in your engagement excitement, so be sure to contact Fairy Godmother today for your consultation, and let the fairy magic begin! 

 

Welcoming Explorer Travel & Tours! – Fairy Godmother Friday

The “Happiest Place in Bakersfield” has grown, again!

We are so excited to share that Leland and Pamela of Explorer Travel and Tours have joined us as our final tenants of the 20th Street Cottage community room, designed by Jamie Urner Interior Designs!

The purpose of a community room is to allow professionals the comfort of an office, without paying the office price.

These rooms are shared space that is there when they need them without trying to have a conversation over blenders, the normalities of a coffee shop, or other little nuances that may arise in public space. 

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Leland and his gorgeous wife Pamela branched out of their daily lives to create something different. Leland being a professional firefighter and Pamela, a college professor, started Explorer Travel and Tours

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Leland and Pamela have one mission. It is simple and absolutely selfless… “This business allows us to help those who help others. We love to support church, mission, educational, and various charitable organizations with travel needs worldwide.”

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Together, they began giving couples, and large groups, the trip of a lifetime through travel planning!

Their company, Explorer Travel & Tours, offers the best travel experience from start to finish that any company could! 

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Leland hasn’t always been one of Bakersfield’s premier travel agents. In fact, Leland is one of Bakersfield’s lead fire engineers! 

In addition to being successful, and generous, business owners, Leland and Pamela are incredibly active with their family! Taking trips and sharing experiences with their loved ones is a top priority.

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 On behalf of everyone at the 20th Street Cottage, we are proud to share our happy place with Explorer Travel and Tours!