Archives for July 2017

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

Congratulations on your engagement!

On behalf of all of us here at Fairy Godmother, we surely hope that your wedding planning process is going smoothly and that our “Congratulations! You’re Engaged, Now What…?” series has been a helpful resource!

At this point in the series, we are just four months away from your big day, how exciting!

You have most, if not all, of your wedding day vendors locked and loaded- what else is there to do??

With just four months left until your big day, it’s that special time to send out your save the dates!

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We all know the usual tradition, a cardstock invitation, inspired by the wedding invitation to soon follow. But not anymore!

While some couples stick to what they know (which is completely okay!), some are going for more unique trends… Magnets, calendars, the list goes on.

While picking your date is important, it is also vital to pick a proper invite vendor! You want to be sure that you pick a vendor who uses proper grammar, has great turnaround

You want to be sure that you pick a vendor who uses proper grammar, has great turnaround time, and communicates proper understanding of what it is that you want. You want to be sure that you have looked at samples of the vendor’s original work, not something from the Internet of what their work “looks like,” but their actual work.

You want to be sure that you have looked at samples of the vendor’s original work, not something from the Internet of what their work “looks like,” but their actual work. 

While you want your invite vendor to provide their services as a designer, you also want to be sure they provide their services as your editor. Checking for zip codes, spelling and proper dates are all things you want your designer to look for, you want more than a vendor proofing your announcement, you want a true friend who will guide you through the process!

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Checking for zip codes, spelling and proper dates are all things you want your designer to look for, you want more than a vendor proofing your announcement, you want a true friend who will guide you through the process!

And of course, if you would like some wedding planning guidance, contact Fairy Godmother today!

Welcoming Sara Elms – Fairy Godmother Friday

Happy “Fairy Godmother Friday!” 

This week we are SO excited to share some “fairy” special news…

The Fairy squad has grown, and we are ecstatic to welcome Sara Elms to our Fairy Family!

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Aside from being the newest Fairy Godmother… Sara is a dog mom to Bella and Bandit, wife to (the oh-so amazing) Logan, and spends her days working in an elementary school! 

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We first had Sara on our setup team where she surpassed all of our very strategic checkpoints, then she was promoted to an assistant where she excelled far beyond our expectations, and now she has happily accepted our invitation to our core team!

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From the first moment we met Sara, we knew that she had some fairy dust in her veins. 

It was just an added plus that she may, or may not have, sprinkled some of that fairy dust on her amazing husband to join in on our magical adventures! We are thankful for not only

We are thankful for not only Sara but for Logan too!

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This is perfect proof that Sara has one of the most supportive husbands in the business! 

Welcome Sara to our magical team, we are so excited to watch you continue to grow in this “happy business!” 

Malibu Wedding at Calamigos Ranch – Magical Monday

Just a few weeks back, the Fairy Godmother squad loaded up and headed towards the ocean!

We’re sure you’ve heard that the skies are “more blue in Malibu,” and by golly they sure are.

We just we wanted to give you a sneak peek into Tori and Arnold’s magical wedding day!

Calamigos Ranch was our Fairy destination, and let’s talk about how gorgeous this venue is!

Tori & Arnold Calamigos Ranch Fairy Godmother Wedding

When we first started planning, Tori had a vision and knew exactly what she wanted. Being able to make her vision a reality is what makes this business, the “happy business!” 

Wedding rehearsals are so, so, so important to your big day! It lets everyone get a feel for how things will go, especially when you have such a unique venue like the beautiful Calamigos Ranch! 

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Here at Fairy Godmother, we strive to give our client’s the absolute best dream wedding. We listen to them, we get to know them, we want all of your hopes and dreams to come true. And sometimes this includes a ferris wheel!

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One thing to remember, is that “it’s all in the details!” 

Disney inspired boutonierre? Got it! Perfect modern-geometric lighting? Check! Favorite novels as decor? Absolutely!

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Guests were first greeted with strawberry-embellished champagne to quench their thirst from the gorgeous Malibu weather, where they were then immersed into the vintage lounge areas. 

Carlos of Make It Happen Events didn’t disappoint with these amazing floral arrangements, these luscious arrangements tied the colors together beautifully! 

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Let’s not forget about the cake… How about a hanging cake complete with florals and the most mystical embellishments?!

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While Tori wore a gorgeous white wedding dress for the ceremony, no magical wedding would be complete without a wardrobe change! She looked absolutely stunning in her blue-printed gown, talk about a show stopper!

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A little photobooth fun never hurt nobody! How about these hand-crafted photo props to make the evening a little more “mysterious?!”

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Photo by Valdophye Photography.

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And of course, this magical event would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of not only the Fairy Godmother team, but all the “friendors” involved. It truly takes a village, but we are so glad it happens!

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Why Hire Fairy Godmother? – Fairy Godmother Friday

We have all heard the horror stories of wedding day tragedies, but how could it have all been avoided?

What keeps people from hiring a planner? Is it the cost? Their confidence in doing the tasks themselves? 

These are all very common reasons, but not the best to keep you from the peace of mind you rightfully deserve!

Your wedding day isn’t just a bunch of dollar signs behind a party, it’s an investment towards your future as newlyweds. 

Make your wedding day the best day of your life, not the most stressful. 

Let us give you a few good reasons on why hiring Fairy Godmother is an absolute necessity!

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One advantage that Fairy Godmother has in the wedding industry, is that we are a team of event producers! 

No two planners are ever the same, and no two personalities are either.

We find the best fit for you, you know, just like Prince Charming did with Cinderella’s slipper.

Every bride should feel like an absolute princess on her wedding day, but what about the groom? Chopped liver?

Not with Fairy Godmother! Each wedding has a Fairy Godmother for each soon-to-be!

Nobody gets left out with the F.G. Squad around!

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Fairy Godmother Colleen making sure the groomsmen are looking their very best!

Each Fairy Godmother is fluttering around tending to your every need and desire on your magical day. 

What is one of the best advantages to having your own Fairy Godmother squad on your wedding day?

To be honest, we have done one or two before, you get to relax knowing that every detail – especially the ones you haven’t thought of yet – have been carefully handled with just a pinch of fairy dust. 

Fairy Godmother Cassandra holding umbrella for bride during wedding procession

Rain or shine, Fairy Godmothers never rest! Photo by Boone and Stacie Weddings

Fairy Godmother Janet Setting Decor Pandol Christmas Open House

Fairy Godmother Janet getting the patio ready for guest arrival! Photo by J.Michelle Photography

 Here at Fairy Godmother, we take great pride in ourselves on many aspects of this “happy business,” but one of the most valued is our dedication to our client.

We take time through the planning process to not only be your wedding planner but to also be your friend!

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Fairy Godmother Marissa with bride Natalie!

Fairy Godmother Colleen Kamal & Julissa Wedding

Fairy Godmother Colleen with her gorgeous bride, Julissa at the stunning Seven Oaks Country Club. Photographed by Boone and Stacie Weddings

We are here for you every step of the way, sending you down the aisle is just the beginning of our lifelong friendship! 

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 us to not only be experienced entrepreneurs but to be trusted expert professionals!

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Some of the Fairy Godmother squad with Sonny Ganguly of Wedding Wire!

While your Fairy Godmother is tending to you and your needs from hair and makeup to putting you in your dress, or tux, our amazing team is out checking on your vendors, ensuring decor is exactly as you imagined, and that everything is absolutely perfect! 

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Our own Fairy Godmother Angel, Pammy! The “Mary Poppins” of Fairy Godmother. Photo by Boone & Stacie Weddings

 Attention to detail, expertise, and peace of mind are all common client testimonials as to why they chose Fairy Godmother.

We are happy to say, and credit, the substantial growth of Fairy Godmother is majorly due to word of mouth referrals from our past clients and their families. 

We thank everyone who has helped support Fairy Godmother in the past 7 years! From weddings, showers, mixers and every event in between- we can’t wait to see what the next 7 years will bring us! 

Fairy Godmother couple Brett & Whitney Bouquet by Cherry Blossom Bouquets. Photography by Jonah & Lindsay Long.

Bouquet by Cherry Blossom Bouquets. Photography by Jonah & Lindsay Long.

Fairy Godmother Couple Lauren & Matt Darr

Matt and Lauren celebrating their nuptials! Photography by J.Michelle Photography.

Fairy Godmother Colleen with Alex & Susie Vlahos

Fairy Godmother Colleen posing with Fairy Godmother couple Alex & Susie Vlahos! Photo by Left Coast By Design.

Fairy Godmothers Colleen and Cassandra with the oh so talented Stacie and Chef Nate!

Fairy Godmother Hair Boys Circus Themed Birthday Party

One of our most favorite families, the Hairs, who have trusted Fairy Godmother with their boys’ birthdays every year!

The beginning of a timeless friendship with the Hathaway family, doing their first Superbowl party!

Carolyn Pandol's 55th Birthday

Mrs. Carolyn Pandol surrounded by so many loved ones celebrating her birthday, 60’s style!

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

We are just four months out from your magical day in our “Congratulations! You’re Engaged, Now What…?” series!

We are thrilled that you have been keeping up with our planning guide, this week we are focusing on florists!

Florals by House of Flowers. Photography by Shelli Renee.

Florals by House of Flowers. Photography by Shelli Renee.

Before you are even able to go meet with potential florists, there are a few things you will have to think about. 

First things first, are flowers a priority? What’s your budget? What’s your style? What’s your vision for your wedding day?

These are some of the very first questions that you will have to ponder in order to move forward.

Another great influence on your florals will be your venue! 

If you have a gorgeous outdoor venue, you may want something that can withstand the weather and compliment the environment.

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Florals by House of Flowers. Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Seek recommendations!

Not all florists are the same, and you want to find the best fit for not only your wedding day, but your personality!

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Florals by House of Flowers, Photo by C&B Photography.

Anyone could tell you what you want to hear, all day long. But the proof is in the product!

Let your florist show you either their work or photographs of their creations!

Bride and Bridal party posing with their bouquets

Natalie and her bridesmaids captured by Boone & Stacie Weddings, florals by JEH Ranch.

When working on your floral budget, consider a few things…

Some flowers that are “must haves” may be out of season, however, many flowers have fraternal twins!

Many flowers have a meaning, just as red roses symbolize love! 

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Florals by Melissa Cornett.

Fun parts of your floral department are that you can totally recycle them!

From ceremony to reception, you can take florals from the altar to the bar! Another thing to remember is to keep your guests in mind! You don’t want to have such a grand centerpiece that your guests are having to dodge around to see what is going on.

If you would like some help in your wedding planning process, contact Fairy Godmother today! 

 

Unicorn Ice Crème Social – Fairy Godmother Friday

“Always be yourself, unless you can be a unicorn, then always be a unicorn!” 

Here at Fairy Godmother, we LOVE being unique and original, so it is no surprise that we are basically obsessed with unicorns and glitter!

Fairy Godmother Unicorn Ice Creme Social

The CUTEST unicorn-inspired invitation by Matinae Design Studio.

In normal Fairy Godmother fashion, this year’s ice crème social had to be even more magical than the last!

And just like that of a unicorn, it had to be one of a kind. 

It all starts with a little magic at the table!

Fairy Godmother Unicorn Ice Creme Social

Invitation and Paper Products by Matinae Design Studio. Photography by Marianne Lucas Photography.

We believe that every detail counts, this includes the napkin ribbon! 

Minute details make the biggest difference when it comes to decor, and even more so when it is a focal point for your guests.

Did someone say sweets?!

Our dear friend, “friendor,” and roommate at the 20th Street Cottage, Courtney of GhilaDolci Bakery, created the most magical treats!

Unicorn cupcakes and rainbow sprinkled sugar cookies, oh yes!

Matinae Design Studio made the perfect props for the occasion, and even included our very special little Fairy into the details! 

What would photo booth props be without the backdrop? Don’t worry, we had that covered!

Sequins make everything… just better!

And never forget that you’re magical!

Don’t worry, your Fairy Godmother family couldn’t forget the bubbly!

There’s no better pair than champagne and sprinkles, are we right?!

Oh, how we just had too much fun decorating for this event! 

Sometimes you just want spin around in a world of color and throw glitter on everything. Since that’s not realistic we wanted to create and feature this tablescape fit for a first birthday princess, or reigning dream queen, like our idol Studio Mucci!

Personalized candy hearts, cotton candy clouds, and marshmallow twists… Oh my! 

When throwing a unicorn-inspired event like this, you want it to bright and memorable. 

Using tassel streamers, iridescent decor, and custom ice cream cups… Even the kitchen was decorated for this happy time!

What event is complete without florals?!

Our friends over at Log Cabin Florist helped our vision come to life with the cutest arrangements!  

A HUGE thank you to everyone who joined us, and if you weren’t able to make it… Join us next year! 

Let us use our fairy dust to help you plan your next event, contact us today!

4th of July & Lili Marsh – Magical Monday

By now you have heard the saying, “Not all heroes wear capes.”

If not, you just did!

There is one hero that we love to recognize is a fellow planner, but also a dear friend who has a heart of red, white and blue… Lili Marsh!

Now we know she isn’t your normal “hero” by definition, but just wait and we bet that you’ll understand!

Lili Marsh Honor Flight

Lili has a special place in our leader’s heart she was the first event planner that reached out to her in the early phases of Fairy Godmother.  Colleen remembers the lunch like it was yesterday, Colleen says, “it was wonderful, she was kind and warm it was an honor to have lunch with her.”

 Lili Marsh Honor Flight

Lili Marsh Honor Flight

Yes, that would be the one and only David Tutera!

Lili is one of the most well-known event planners in Kern County, Lili has a heart of gold. Since then it has been a joy to watch Lili and all that she does for our veterans. She works tirelessly helping 100’s of vets be able to fly to DC at no cost to them to see THEIR memorial.

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While Lili works tirelessly to fulfill the dreams of her endeavor, she gives all credit to the supporters and their generosity. On May 27th, 2016 she posted this on her Facebook page…

“ Four years ago today 21 Kern County WWII vets, ages 84-101, flew on the very first Honor Flight Kern County. In just 4 short years we have flown over 900 veterans to see THIER memorials in Washington DC at NO cost to them. Anyone can have a good idea but this Ongoing feat could never be done without our tireless volunteers, self funded guardians – and YOU , our donors. Thank you . Words can not express my gratitude to you all. YOU are all personally responsible for changing the lives of these veterans- at the end of their lives- I will never forget blubbering uncontrollably when that first flight taxied out on the run way with our 21 Super heroes on Board. I couldn’t believe it went from a cool idea to actually happening! Below are a few favorites from Flight #1.”

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Talk about an amazing woman! It is the utmost pleasure to call Lili not only a friend, but a valued mentor! Founding a business is no simple task, think about the business as a baby. As we are sure you have heard, “it takes a village to raise a child,” the same goes for creating your own brand! It takes a village, and then some.

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The Fairy Godmother team would like to extend our deepest and most sincere gratitude to those who make it possible for us to do what we love every single day freely. Freedom is not free and we are so fortunate to live and work in a country that is protected by the great men and women of the United States military.

There are not enough “wands full of thanks” to express our gratefulness, but on behalf of the Fairy Godmother team, we thank you!