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!

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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

Then…

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?

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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!

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The Fairy Squad with David Tutera!

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Our sweet friend Meghan Brown!

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The Fairies hanging out at in The Knot lounge!

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Fairy Godmother Wedding MBA

Having some fun at the Wedding Wire photobooth!

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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!

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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!

All About Me – Fairy Godmother Janet – Fairy Godmother Friday

What better way to celebrate “Fairy Godmother Friday” than by sharing about our amazing Fairy Godmother team?!

This week we are highlighting the “Jackie O.” of Fairy Godmother, the one and only Fairy Godmother Janet!

Fairy Godmother Janet by Makenzie Photography

Photo by Makenzie Photography.

Janet has been in the wedding industry for a few years, prior to putting on her fairy wings Janet worked in the catering industry right alongside us at countless events. She has been a true asset to the team and we are excited to watch her use her fairy magic to turn dreams into reality! 

Janet fuels her fairy magic through the love for, and from, her husband, children, grandchildren, and even her fur baby!

 

If you are just joining us, we are sharing fun and random facts about each of the Fairies of the Fairy Godmother team.  

Fairy Godmother Squad Baskin Robbins

We asked Janet what was something that most people don’t know about her, and we found out that we have a musical Fairy on our hands! Janet not only played the violin in elementary school and junior high, but she went on to be a part of the Bakersfield Honor Choir (complete with solo) and even sang with the Sweet Adelines in junior high! How cool!

Something that we didn’t learn, but we got our positive affirmation about is that Janet is a positive person who wakes up thankful for another day and always sees the glass half full rather than half empty. 

Fairy Godmother Squad Wedding Wire World

When asked what came first, the chicken or the egg, Janet said “the egg!”

Her dreams of retirement include her husband, their black lab, and the Central Coast. 

Fairy Godmother Janet Setting Decor Pandol Christmas Open House

Fairy Godmother Janet getting the patio ready for guest arrival!

Janet took the words right out of our mouth when she shared about her favorite characteristics; detail oriented, organized, compassionate, faithful, prim and proper! Janet says that her strongest of these would be compassion, which we can all agree on. We call Janet the “Jackie O.” of Fairy Godmother because of these characteristics, she is such a lady and we couldn’t love her more!

Fairy Godmother Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Photography by J.Michelle Photography.

Growing up, Janet dreamed of being a lawyer.  She worked at the mall in high school, and then a receptionist in a law firm where she became a paralegal after completing the coursework.  She went from there into the catering field and magically ended up as a wedding planner with Fairy Godmother! 

California Wedding Day Awards Fairy Godmother

The Fairy Godmother squad when they arrived at the Vibiana

We are so lucky to have such a diverse yet united team, stay tuned as we continue on and continue our “All About Me” series! 

All About Me – Fairy Godmother Marissa – Fairy Godmother Friday

Happy “Fairy Godmother Friday!”

This week we are sharing all about Fairy Godmother Marissa!

Marissa wanted to make sure that we set one thing straight, she is a country girl at heart and country music is her absolute favorite!

We asked Marissa what she thinks of first thing in the morning, and she kept it real, her answer was too perfect… “What am I going to wear today and do I feel like doing my hair?”

Fairy Godmother Marissa

If she could have lunch with anyone in the world, past or present, she has two candidates… Chip and Joanna Gaines from “Fixer Upper!”

The store that Marissa would choose to max out her credit card, you ask? Easy peasy, Nordstroms!

Marissa thinks most about where she is in life, how she’s achieving her goals, and constantly reminding herself that everything is a process! …She was sure not to forget that she finds herself thinking about puppies quite often. 

Fairy Godmother Agee JEH Ranch

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

Dessert before dinner? Marissa says “yes!” 

She says that she is a great cook, with a recipe, but she takes the most pride in her baking!

We wanted to know what Marissa dreamed of growing up to be, turns out she wanted to be a fashion designer and a NASCAR driver! She said she would have been the best dressed NASCAR driver!

California Wedding Day Awards Fairy Godmother at the Vibiana

Marissa finds comfort in knowing that she is a great listener and has a relatable personality.

While Marissa wishes that her favorite time of day was nap time, but it technically doesn’t exist, so her favorite time of day is bedtime!

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There’s no better selfie than a Fairy Godmother selfie!

Marissa’s best childhood memory was her involvement in sports! She says that sports are an extremely important part of growing up… It teaches kids to be tough, hard work, and what it takes to work as a team. 

Strange fact about Marissa? We have one! Her favorite smell comes from her softball days when they would water down the field, but her favorite scent is wet dirt!

Her favorite smell comes from her softball days when they would water down the field, but her favorite scent is wet dirt!

All who know Marissa, know what makes her great… She says that her “spark” feature that has led her to success is being passionate!

“Once you find your passion, it won’t lead you astray!”

Fairy Godmother Team at the Fairy Godmother Foundation 2016 Murder Mystery Dinner

Photo by J.Michelle Photography. Fairy Godmother Team at the Fairy Godmother Foundation 2016 Murder Mystery Dinner

Stay tuned for next week’s “All About FG!”

All About Me – Fairy Godmother Cassandra – Fairy Godmother Friday

It’s “Fairy Godmother Friday” and this means we get to continue sharing about our Fairy Family…

This week, we are sharing all about our very own Fairy Godmother Cassandra!

Fairy Godmother Cassandra by Makenzie Photography

Photo by Makenzie Photography.

As you may recall, Cassandra has recently started her own magical wedding planning journey as her boyfriend recently was upgraded to the title “fiance!”

Fairy Godmother Foundation Murder Mystery

Photo by J.Michelle Photography.

First things first- Just know that there is not a single soul in this world who loves confetti, glitter, or anything that sparkles more than Cassandra!

For anyone who knows Cassandra, we all know that she LOVES to dance! 

She shared with us that when she was growing up, Cassandra and her mom used to learn line dances in their living room. She added that she has also been known to break into dance in the rain with her bestfriend!

Richie & Sydnee Fairy Godmother Boone & Stacie Weddings

Photo by Boone & Stacie Weddings.

Cassandra wouldn’t exactly want to move away, but she would consider having a home base with 3-4 locations elsewhere, places where she could work of course!

If Cassandra could meet anyone, past or present, she would want to meet Lucille Ball or Walt Disney (or both!)!

Fairy Godmother Cassandra Blake & Teri French Wedding

Photo by Shelli Renee.

When asked what Cassandra thinks about most, she answered “creating!” 

She said that she finds herself wondering what she could create next, how she could make something herself, or just how to put a unique spin on something already made! Sign of a true creative, she said that anything can trigger this thought.

Fairy Godmother Nifty Balloons

Fairy Godmother Cassandra was the “Queen Bee” at the Big Fake Wedding!

We asked Cassandra if she sings in the shower, her answer was just too honest and fun! 
She said that she sometimes will sing in the shower, but she really belts out in the car- to the point where passersby wonder what she’s doing!

If Cassandra could have ANY job in the world, what would it be? She said a creative director, installation artist, children’s author/illustrator, and of course Fairy Godmother! 

Photo by Jessica Fairchild.

Early bird or night owl?

Cassandra, without hesitation, said that she is night owl for sure! She said that sleep is usually her last priority and that she is always so disappointed that most craft stores close at 9:00 pm because she is always in need of more supplies!

Fairy Godmother Unicorn Ice Creme Social

Photography by Marianne Lucas Photography.

Finally, we asked Cassandra if there is any new or exciting news that she would like to share with the world…

Her answer was too perfect to change… “I’m becoming Mrs. Gear in 2018!!! #WeddngPlannerturnedBride”

Fairy Godmother Wedding Planner Proposal

Photography by Allison Claire Photography.

Fairy Godmother Wedding Planner Proposal

Photography by Allison Claire Photography.

Stay tuned as we continue sharing about the Fairy Squad!

All About Me – Fairy Godmother Denise – Fairy Godmother Friday

Happy “Fairy Godmother Friday!”

We are thrilled to continue our “All About Me” series as we introduce you to our Fairy Godmother team!

This week we proudly introduce you to Fairy Godmother Denise!

Denise has been with Colleen since the beginning, the VERY beginning.

In fact, the first event that Colleen ever did was with Denise!

Fairy Godmother Denise

Denise values her family and friends, but her fur babies Scruffy and Mag may give us all a run for our money! 

Fairy Godmother Denise

Aside from what we already know about our spunky Denise, we asked her a few unique questions to get to know her better.

What is something that most people don’t know about Denise?

She used to show horses and she collects dolls!

In asking Denise if she liked to dance, we found out that she had taken dance classes for over 19 years!

Fairy Godmother Denise Wedding Event Producer

Do you think that Denise would love to live abroad?

That answer was an immediate “NO!” 

While Denise may seem like she’s into all kinds of music, she really LOVES her “Oldies but goodies!”

Fairy Godmother Denise talking with guests.

When Denise wakes up, the first thing she thinks about it… 

COFFEE!

It’s no surprise that this is also her favorite smell… Fresh coffee!

Fairy Godmother Denise

Denise is not just a morning person, but an optimistic person!

She views the glass half-full vs. half empty in all situations.

Fairy Godmother Denise

If Denise could have any job in the world, what would it be?

To be a Fairy Godmother, making everyone’s dreams and wishes come true! How perfect is that?!

Fairy Godmother Denise

Photo by The Photege.

Stay tuned for our “Fairy Godmother Friday” blog series as we continue introducing you to our Fairy Family!