20th Street Cottage Community Room – Fairy Godmother Friday

Do you ever find yourself trying to work from home, or a local coffee shop, and never finding the focus you need? 

We did, too! 

This issue is what got the wheels turning at our “happy place,” the 20th Street Cottage!

The struggle of meeting clients with loud coffee machines or constant “people watching” moments led us to revitalize the living room of the 20th Street Cottage, with the help of Jamie Urner of Jamie Urner Interior Design Studio, transformed the room into a “Community Room!”

The 20th Street Cottage Community Room is a rentable, sharable space that allows for creatives to meet with clients and vendors without the day to day distractions that the world throws into public settings. 

20th Street Cottage Jamie Urner Redesign

20th Street Cottage Redesign by Jamie Urner Design! Photo by Boone & Stacie Weddings.

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

The community room at the 20th Street Cottage is a well-designed space that brings a professional edge to any entrepreneur who may not need their own full-blown office space. The purpose of a community room is to allow professionals the comfort of an office, without paying the office price.

The community room currently has an opening for you, come share space with us at the “happiest place in Bakersfield!”

To reserve your spot in the fabulously designed space, contact Colleen via e-mail at Colleen@FairyGodmotherEvents.net

Historic Santa Barbara Courthouse – Fairy Godmother Friday

Over the summer, Fairy Godmother Colleen and Fairy Godmother Cassandra packed up their fairy totes and headed for Santa Barbara!

Searching for the perfect spot is half the battle when it comes to planning, and we knew that this event was going to be more than a wedding- that it was going to be a frozen moment that everyone would remember!

Fairy Godmother Historic Santa Barbara Courthouse Wedding

Photography by Boone & Stacie Weddings.

When our Fairy Godmother couple came to us, they knew that they wanted to get married at the courthouse, but they had no idea where to host their reception. This is when Fairy Godmother Colleen whipped out her wand and spread her fairy dust! She spent an entire day perusing Santa Barbara for the absolute perfect fit- it had to be exceptional!

While we have kept this wedding a secret, we would be remiss if we didn’t share a little about this magical day! 

So let us take you on a little peek!

Fairy Godmother Historic Santa Barbara Courthouse Wedding

Photography by Boone & Stacie Weddings.

While it was absolutely gorgeous weather, this was a trip to celebrate the marriage between Levi & Lorelei at the beautiful Santa Barbara courthouse! The ceremony was everything we could’ve ever dreamed of! Levi and Lorelei were starting the rest of their lives, they stood where so many have made their everlasting promises! 

Fairy Godmother Historic Santa Barbara Courthouse Wedding

Photography by Boone & Stacie Weddings.

It’s always a fun adventure when we get to travel for our clients, but even more so when we get to take a little bit of Bakersfield with us. We were fortunate enough to have not one, not two, but three local vendors make the trek with our team and over six Bakersfield vendors involved! Creative partners, unite! 

The hunt was over- El Paseo Mexican Restaurant was the chosen reception location.

Fairy Godmother Historic Santa Barbara Courthouse Wedding

Photography by Boone & Stacie Weddings.

This reception venue was perfect for our couple. It was everything they were in building form- light, airy, and welcoming!  

Like we said, we can’t share every detail of this beautiful day just yet- but we couldn’t keep everything a secret forever! Stay tuned for the rest of Levi & Lorelei’s wedding day! 

Fairy Godmother Historic Santa Barbara Courthouse Wedding

Photography by Boone & Stacie Weddings.

If you are thinking of planning a destination event, be sure to pack Fairy Godmother with you!

Contact us today!

What To Expect From Your Event Planner – Fairy Godmother Friday

In a world where you can be anything you want to be, why would you ever be stressed out?!

Event planning can be stressful, we understand, but it doesn’t have to be!

Many reasons that people shy away from the thought of hiring an event planner, or as we here at Fairy Godmother call them “Event Producers,” is the initial cost.

Potential clients see dollar signs and run, but what they don’t understand are the perks and advantages to using a planner- we would have to say that we believe our worth shows in our work!

What are some things that you can expect from your event producer?

First things first, you want commitment. That’s the whole point of this entire day, right? You want an event producer who is willing to sit down and promise to make your day just as you’ve imagined, to the fullest extent of their power. There needs to be a mutual understanding of your expectations and vision, and your planner can either be with you, or maybe they aren’t the best fit.

One of the perks of hiring Fairy Godmother is that our team has SEVEN Fairies who are all working together to make sure your day is a true dream come true!

Secondly, depending on the packages you choose with your event producer- there is vendor coordination! Typically, the client has never had a reason to hire a florist, a caterer or a DJ- this is where your planner comes in! Your planner should be there by your side, not only planning you day, but also working with their fellow creative partners to find the best fit for your event!

The absolute last thing that you want to be doing on the day of your event is trying to wrangle 15 wedding industry professionals making sure that all your ducks are in a row (and your little puppy, too!)… Leave that to the planner. 

Event producers can also help you with those “unique” aspects of your day, whether it be making sure the officiant is dressed in his themed wedding garb or that the street bike is in place for a quick getaway for your couple- it’s a thing and here at Fairy Godmother we are proud to say that we have done it!

While an event planner, or event producer, has many tasks- each planner is different. From your initial consultation all the way to your wedding day, it is important that you cover your bases from the very beginning. While we love surprises, it is vital to have a clear line of communication and understanding between parties.  

If you are thinking of hiring an event producer, contact us at Fairy Godmother and let us make your event day wishes come true! 

The Gathering Table – Fairy Godmother Friday

What happens when you put a team full of creatives in a room, you ask?

The answer is simple, magical things!

The Gathering Table

The team at Fairy Godmother has been working with some of the best in the business on something pretty neat that we would like to share with you!

In the recent years, we have found that industry professionals never really have that much time to socialize with one another at events, and we believe that networking is the center of creating a community!

“com·mu·ni·ty- a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.”

The Gathering Table

Artwork: BnB Calligraphy. Chalkboard Rental: 20th Street Cottage

“It goes along with our heart behind starting The Gathering Table and working to build a strong community among creatives in our own city. We want to support and encourage each other, and we hope this year’s dinner will be a starting place where new friendships can be made.”

What better way to lift, inspire, and shape a community than through gathering?!

An idea was born, “The Gathering Table” was created by creatives for creatives!

“The Gathering Table” is an event that will not only allow for industry professionals to network and mingle, but also a time for collaborations to be born.

The only way for businesses and creatives to continue growing is by stepping outside of our comfort zones, what better way to do that than with the support and backing of others who were once just beginners?

Speakers of the evening will share their stories, experiences, and expertise on topics that we all can relate to. 

One of these speakers will be photographer Patrick Ang!

The Gathering Table - Patrick Ang

The motivation behind “The Gathering Table” is to boost confidence in those just beginning, and to increase morale in those who have been in business for years!

Mission Statement:
The Gathering Table:
Connecting, elevating and supporting the community through the intentional encouragement, empowerment, and inspiration of local creatives.

The Gathering Table

Rentals: Walker-Lewis Rents Florals: House of Flowers. Design: Fairy Godmother Co. Venue: Bakersfield Country Club

Join us for the FIRST annual Gathering Table event! There are a limited number of tickets, so be sure to get yours soon! 

Tickets may be purchased here!

Full-Time Fairy Godmother! – Fairy Godmother Friday

“Hear ye, hear ye!”

For this “Fairy Godmother Friday” we have some very exciting news…

Fairy Godmother Colleen has made a big leap of faith- or should we say “fairy dust?”

A Taste of NV Fairy Godmother

J.Michelle Photography

Let’s back it up a bit…

Back in 2009, a dream became a reality for Colleen.

A really, really, really BIG dream! 

Colleen Bauer by J. Andrew Photography

J. Andrew Photography

Growing up, Colleen was surrounded by parties.

From baby showers, holiday events to birthdays- her mother was ALWAYS planning something.

Colleen will tell you to this day that it’s in her blood, but planning is more than that- it’s a true passion!

Colleen’s mother helping her celebrate her first birthday party!

She was constantly encouraged to do something with her talent, and just like that the seed had been planted in her mind…

It’s no surprise that through her career at the bank she planned countless events, which led her on to become chairwoman of the Bakersfield Women’s Conference where she went on to plan the event for over 1,500 people!

This was ultimately the final push that she needed and off she went!

Colleen and the board of the women's business conference

The 2016 Women’s Business Conference board!

Following the 2009 conference, June through November, Colleen spent any available spare time researching event planning business do’s and don’ts… A co-worker, and friend, at the bank was getting married in January, Colleen asked if she could plan their wedding- free of charge, just to see if she could do it!

Of course she did it! 

First Fairy Couple

Colleen with our very first Fairy Godmother bride, Megan!

First Fairy Couple

Now it was time to take the next step…

After she found comfort in her endeavor she set her heart on a name and logo that she felt fit her and the desired business best! 

“Fairy Godmother” was born!

Fairy Godmother Logo

Many people ask “Why Fairy Godmother?”

Little do they know there is a story behind the business’ name!

Colleen’s niece refers to her Aunt Colleen, or “Coll Coll,” as her very own Fairy Godmother, so it really took no time at all to name this new and exciting business! Topped off with a Fairy logo, dress swish and all- the magic began.

Colleen & Fairy Godmother's namesake


Colleen & Fairy Godmother's namesake

…And now!

The first year of Fairy Godmother brought 24 weddings to Colleen, strictly from word of mouth referrals.

This was the when the company needed to grow, bringing on a team of expert event planners allowed for Colleen to focus on her job at the bank and to run the company that she so meticulously built from the ground up!  

Fairy Godmother Team Event Producers by Makenzie Photography

Makenzie Photography

Having a little “faith, trust, and fairy dust” in her “Fairy squad” gave Colleen the freedom to conquer all these things!

Fast forward to October 2017…

Fairy Godmother now executes over 100 events annually, everything from birthdays, corporate events, charity mixers, and of course weddings!

The news you have been waiting for…

After over 15 years with Rabobank and just 7 years after making her Fairy Godmother dream a reality, Colleen will now be a FULL-TIME FAIRY GODMOTHER

Fairy Godmother Colleen by Makenzie Photography

Makenzie Photography.

We are completely thrilled to see Colleen immerse herself in this “happy business” even further, and watch our little Fairy grow, grow, grow!!

Why Fairy Godmother? – Fairy Godmother Friday

Do you ever wonder why our clients hire Fairy Godmother?

Fairy Godmother Logo

What is it that is so appealing? What makes hiring an experienced wedding and event producer worth it? 

Let us share just a few tidbits on why we think people hire Fairy Godmother, it goes far beyond the magic!

California Wedding Day Awards Fairy Godmother

The Fairy Godmother squad when they arrived at the Vibiana

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.

Fairy Godmother Team Event Producers by Makenzie Photography

We find the best fit for you, you know, you know… Just as Prince Charming did with Cinderella’s slipper, ringing any bells?

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

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

Fairy Godmothers are there for the guys, too!

Not with Fairy Godmother! Each wedding has a Fairy Godmother for each soon-to-be! We want to make sure that every need is met with our Fairy Godmother couple, and that expectations are surpassed! 

Still not convinced as to why you need your very own Fairy Godmother team? We believe that we are “fairy” experts in the department of weddings! 

Fairy Godmother Bride Wedding Dress Style

Photo by Valdophye Photography.

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 Denise

Photo by Boone & Stacie Weddings.

 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! Therapists, confidants, and best friends… We are with you through it all!

Fairy Godmother Colleen

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! 

Fairy Godmother Team Event Producers by Makenzie Photography

Photo by Makenzie Photography.

Ready to meet up over coffee and let us use our wand on your magical event? Contact us today!

Wedding MBA 2017 – Fairy Godmother Friday

This past Sunday the Fairy Godmother squad loaded up and headed to Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2017 Wedding MBA

Our dear friend Allison of Allison Claire Photography joined in on our crazy road trip learning adventure! 

Did we mention that we packed matching shirts for each day of the conference? 

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Upon arriving and checking into our hotel, we knew that one thing was certain… We needed to stop and get some Fairy Fuel- STAT!

It was almost as if the van had autopilot to the nearest Starbucks…

After wrapping up dinner and making a few stops into the shops on the strip the Fairies made their way back to rest their wings before kicking off their Monday at the conference. 

Just as we got back into our hotel room we received a call about the horrific events that would soon be recognized as the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States, just a short distance away from where we had been eating dinner and shopping minutes before. Immediately, the Las Vegas strip and all hotels, including ours, was put on lockdown as they would stay until the next morning as they searched for rhyme or reason to the tragedy.

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With heavy hearts, the conference went on Monday paying close attention to the events of the evening prior. 

Wedding MBA kicked off with speakers like Brian Leahy of Brian Leahy Photography, Sasha Souza of Sasha Souza Events, and the founders of The Wedding PLanners Institute of Coordination Tracey Manailescu and Danielle Andrews!

Talk about amazing, these are just a few of the many fabulous speakers who took the time to share about their business, what has made them successful, and how they have conquered any obstacles that they may have faced. 

Fairy Godmother Wedding MBA

Tuesday, bright and early, we headed over to the convention center for day 2 of the conference! Speakers included Vanessa Joy of Vanessa Joy Photography and in closing, Sonny Ganguly of Wedding Wire sharing marketing tips!

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We even got to listen to George Zimmer, the founder of Generation Tux and former CEO/Founder of Men’s Warehouse!

Fairy Godmother Wedding MBA

Fairy Godmother Wedding MBA

The Gen Tux gang!

While the vibe wasn’t the same as years prior, the masses of vendors in attendance came together showing their love and support for the victims, families and Las Vegas first responders.

In fact, the second night of the conference usually concludes with two afterparties, one hosted by Wedding Wire and the other by The Knot

Before the party, the Fairies and our honorary Fairy, Allison, made our way over to Bardot Brasserie for dinner! 

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This year, to benefit the GoFundMe account created for the victims and their families, Wedding Wire and The Knot came together to throw one party at JEWEL nightclub inside the Aria Hotel and Casino.

The only thing the two competitors asked was for a $10 donation per attendee, that they would match.

With over 1,500 guests in attendance, the two companies ended up donating over $15,000! 

 Fairy Godmother Wedding MBA

Fairy Godmother Wedding MBA

Talk about a sense of togetherness and community!

Closing this three-day conference we had one of our favorites, Alan Katz, our dear friend David Tutera and Meghan Brown!

Fairy Godmother Wedding MBA

The Fairy Squad with David Tutera!

Fairy Godmother Wedding MBA

Our sweet friend Meghan Brown!

Fairy Godmother Wedding MBA

The Fairies hanging out at in The Knot lounge!

Fairy Godmother Wedding MBA

Fairy Godmother Wedding MBA

Having some fun at the Wedding Wire photobooth!

Fairy Godmother Wedding MBA

We discovered this Fairy Godmother in her natural element!

As wedding season is in full swing, we are thrilled to be able to take our knowledge straight to our clients and help their wedding and event dreams come true. 

And of course, thank you to all of those who checked on us during the time of tragedy- we are so fortunate to have such a great group of people who love and care about us! 

Wedding MBA Fairy Field Trip – Fairy Godmother Friday

It’s that time of year again and the Fairies are SO excited to set out on the open road for Las Vegas, Nevada!

The past few years, the Fairy Godmother squad has been fortunate enough to be able to attend Wedding MBA. This year, however, we get to travel with the one and only Allison of Allison Claire Photography!

Fairy Godmother Wedding MBA

The Fairy squad on our 2016 trip!

We strive for excellence, and excellence only! In order to be among the best at what we do, and at the services we provide, we must further our knowledge in this “happy business!” 

The Wedding MBA is a three-day conference held at the Las Vegas Convention Center where all kinds of wedding professionals all come together and share their ideas, game plans, and tricks of the trade!

These amazing wedding vendors come together from all the different realms of the industry, from florists to photographers to wedding planner extraordinaire! Sharing our ideas together brings a happy collaboration, we believe that these types of collaborations bring about a sense of community, which ultimately satisfies our goal of “community over competition!”

This will be our fourth year attending Wedding MBA! We are stoked to refuel our Fairy knowledge so that we can share it with you!

Each year we aim to come back to Bakersfield with more knowledge than we left with, and in our four years, we have come home with notebooks and notebooks full of notes from the speakers each day.  

 There is something so magical about taking the dreams and pieces of an engaged couple to create a magical wedding day as they shift to newlyweds. With a growth in knowledge, we are able to provide an even more immaculate service to our clients, and what is better than that?!

All About Me – Fairy Godfather TJ – Fairy Godmother Friday

As we wrap up the Fairy Godmother “All About Me” series, we just want to say that we are so thrilled to have the best friends, family, and clients!

In sharing a little about ourselves, we want to really make solid relationships with everyone aka we aspire to be everyone’s best friend!   

This week is all about Fairy Godmother’s very own Godfather, TJ!

We asked TJ if there was anything that many people didn’t know about him, and there is! 

TJ didn’t have a name for three days when he was born, after his parents decided on his name, names like “Beau Ty” were on the drawing board.        TJ says it would’ve been interesting, but he is happy with TJ and will continue just wearing bowties! 

Fairy Godmother Cassandra and Fairy Godfather TJ taking a moment to "Vogue" before the Fairy Godmother Ice Cream Social.

Fairy Godmother Cassandra and Fairy Godfather TJ taking a moment to “Vogue” before the Fairy Godmother Ice Cream Social.

If TJ could live anywhere he wanted, he said he would still be here in Bakersfield! Family is important to him and he doesn’t think he could be too far away, especially from his nieces or nephew. 

Does TJ like to dance? TJ asked if anyone had seen him dance, but all humor aside, TJ used to dance competitively up until his freshman year of high school. 

Bailey & Thomas 9-3-16 4

Photo by Mariel Hannah Photo.

The first thing he thinks of in the morning is how much longer he can snooze before he actually has to get up! He was always told “early to bed, early to rise,” but he finds himself most productive in the evening!

Anyone who knows TJ would know that if he could meet anyone, past or present, it would be JFK! Early life, Presidency, Camelot and Legacy all get his history-loving feels going!

White Horse Inn Fairy Godmother Longoria Wedding

TJ doesn’t sing in the shower, but he uses it as his think tank! He says that his best ideas come usually while shampooing his hair. He spares anyone from hearing his beautiful singing voice, regardless of his time in choir.

Overall, TJ thinks his best characteristic is his strong work ethic. The job always gets done!

We asked TJ what his best childhood memory was, and he couldn’t pick just one! He loved spending weekends traveling with his grandparents or spending time on his grandpa’s vineyard with his cousin.

One of TJ’s favorite and best known, features is his smile!  Many have told him that he has been smiling since he was born, but the one memory that sticks out most to him is his first day of freshman year his Spanish teacher asked if he was okay because nobody could be that happy (don’t worry, he went on to succeed in the class!).

We hope that you have enjoyed learning about the Fairy Godmother team, we know that we even learned a bit about each other! 

All About Me – Fairy Godmother Sara – Fairy Godmother Friday

Happy “Fairy Godmother Friday!” 

This week is all about our latest Fairy, Fairy Godmother Sara!

As we welcome Sara to the Fairy Godmother squad, we want to share a few things about Sara that make her extra special!

Fairy Godmother Sara

We asked Sara if there was anything that people may not know about her, and turns out that she was on the game show “Street Smarts.” Sara said that it was fun, but as it turned out, she didn’t win the show. 

We shocked Sara when we asked if she liked to dance, she didn’t know that there were people in this world who didn’t like to dance!

Fairy Godmother Assistants Sara and Shannon

If Sara could have lunch with any person past or present, she would choose Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback for the Greenbay Packers. 

When asked if she sees the glass half empty or half full, Sara said that it depends on how much caffeine she has had. I think that is something that we could all agree on!

Tori & Arnold Calamigos Ranch Fairy Godmother Wedding

Sara believes that her strongest characteristics are being stubborn and determined with her special talent being annoying her husband, but we don’t think that he minds!

The furthest place that Sara has been is Italy, which is exactly where she would live if she could live anywhere in the world! 

Fairy Godmother Sara

If we tried getting inside Sara’s head, we would see a lot of her decorating ideas and love for her dogs… And maybe a little about her amazing husband, Logan!

Fairy Godmother Sara

If Sara were ever caught being bored, we would witness to her creative mind re-decorating her house or an epic dance party… Depending on her mood, of course. 

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Sara doesn’t really mind which came first, but agrees that they both taste delicious!

Fairy Godmother Assistants Sara and Shannon

Sara’s best, and most cherished, childhood memories are with her dad horseback riding and dancing on his feet. 

Sara’s favorite life motto is “Faith, Love & Pixie Dust” with the most important thing being to spend time with people you love. 

Fairy Godmother Assistants

Stay tuned, we have one more week of our Fairy Godmother “All About Me!” series!

In the meantime, contact Fairy Godmother today for your planning needs!