Tiger Fight at the Padre Hotel – Magical Monday

With a little bit of fairy dust, just about anything is possible! 

Oh how we wish with the raise of our wand that we could eliminate all the diseases, so we have found an alternate method…

Fairy Godmother is proud to be a sponsor of the Tiger Fight Foundation ever since it’s debut in 2014!

Tiger Fight Logo Fairy Godmother Sponsor

The Fairy Godmother squad is happy to step in wherever needed, but we were thrilled to be an active part of the check-in process for this year’s Tiger Fight Casino Night held at the Padre Hotel in downtown Bakersfield!

The Tiger Fight Foundation‘s goal is to make an apparent footprint on our society as a “philanthropic organization.” The non-profit organization holds fundraisers to benefit Kern County families who are going through any sort of pediatric blood cancer treatments, most commonly Leukemia and Lymphoma.

Our fabulous team was there to guide guests and make sure that their first impression of the night was just as magical as everything we had hoped!

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 Bakersfield is a special town. It is a town that built the Fairy Godmother company from the ground up solely on word of mouth referrals, it is a town that has an unmeasurable amount of spirit and pride, and it is a town filled with generous citizens who would give you the shirt off their back if you needed it. 

Combine all of these reasons why Bakersfield is so special, and you will create the Tiger Fight Foundation. 

Tiger Fight goes far beyond their casino night at the Padre, local businesses have found ways to donate all year long!

Tiger Fight Fairy Godmother Sponsor

One example is that of Dewar’s Ice Cream Shop. If you’ve ever been to Bakersfield, you have more than likely heard of Dewar’s Ice Cream Shop, but have you heard of the Dewar’s chew? Even better, how about the Dewar’s Tiger chew?

All of the proceeds from this specially crafted chew benefit Tiger Fight!

Have you earned your stripes?

Tiger Fight Logo Fairy Godmother Sponsor

Guests enjoyed taking a breather outside on the Padre rooftop!

If there is anything we love more than our little Fairy, it’s seeing our little Fairy helping others!

Tiger Fight Logo Fairy Godmother Sponsor

When they say “It takes a village…” they aren’t just talking about raising children! 

Putting on these spectacular events takes time, effort and most of all, support! 

We are so proud to be from a town where companies and individuals alike, come together to support such a great cause. 

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Stay in the loop with the Tiger Fight Foundation, and join us next year as we continue towards eliminating these horrible diseases! 

Breakfast At Tiffany’s Bridal Shower – Magical Monday

When Fairy Godmother Colleen started planning Tiffany and James’ wedding, she had no idea what she was in for. 

By that, we don’t mean anything complicated or crazy, but that she would be making lifelong friends with her couple, especially Tiffany’s mom Karen!

Fairy Godmother Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Photography by J.Michelle Photography.

Here at Fairy Godmother, we love when this happens. Many of our past brides keep us in their thoughts as we receive Christmas cards, baby announcements, and of course, the invitation to plan their future events!

Karen wanted Tiffany to have the ultimate BEST WEDDING DAY, EVER! This included anything leading up to Tiffany and James’ big day, Colleen knew just what to do, a magical bridal shower was in the works. 

Combining class, elegance, and just a little bit of sass it only seemed appropriate that the theme be “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” 

Fairy Godmother Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Paper Products by Matinae Design Studio. Photography by J.Michelle Photography.

Fairy Godmother Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Paper Products by Matinae Design Studio. Photography by J.Michelle Photography.

Fairy Godmother Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Welcome by Matinae Design Studio, Balloons by Paradise Balloon Design. Photography by J.Michelle Photography.

How perfect, right?!

Out of all the local venues, the Guild House of Bakersfield would be the picture-perfect setting, combining all the elements of the vision into one historic building. 

Fairy Godmother Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Photography by J.Michelle Photography.

Fairy Godmother Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Photography by J.Michelle Photography.

Upon arrival, guests were given their very own black glasses and long black gloves, and of course, a rhinestone tiara to complete their look!

Fairy Godmother Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Photography by J.Michelle Photography.

Fairy Godmother Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Photography by J.Michelle Photography.

Fairy Godmother Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Photography by J.Michelle Photography.

After checking in, Tiffany’s guests were ushered over to the mimosa bar. What better way to start the day than with a fresh and fruity glass of champagne?!

Fairy Godmother Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Photography by J.Michelle Photography.

Fairy Godmother Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Photography by J.Michelle Photography.

Fairy Godmother Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Photography by J.Michelle Photography.

At the Guild House, lunch is always served! With unique menu items, Tiffany’s day was just as special as herself. 

Fairy Godmother Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Photography by J.Michelle Photography.

Fairy Godmother Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Florals by House of Flowers. Photography by J.Michelle Photography.

Fairy Godmother Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Photography by J.Michelle Photography.

No special day is complete without sweet treats! Specialty cookies by the Cookie Monger brought every detail of this magical day together, in the yummiest form! 

Fairy Godmother Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Cookies by Cookie Monger. Photography by J.Michelle Photography.

Fairy Godmother Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Cake by GhilaDolci Bakery, Cookies by Cookie Monger. Photography by J.Michelle Photography.

It’s all in the details! We think that even the cake cutter needs to have a little “bling,” and it being fairy blue doesn’t hurt!

Fairy Godmother Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Photography by J.Michelle Photography.

Fairy Godmother Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Photography by J.Michelle Photography.

Fairy Godmother Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Cake by GhilaDolci Bakery. Photography by J.Michelle Photography.

Custom Creations has done it again! This custom background was the perfect addition to our “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” themed shower. There is no better way to remember a special day than with photos, and even Audrey Hepburn herself made a guest appearance for this fabulous event! 

Fairy Godmother Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Photography by J.Michelle Photography.

Fairy Godmother Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Photography by J.Michelle Photography.

Fairy Godmother Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Custom background by Custom Creations. Photography by J.Michelle Photography.

We loved being your Fairy Godmother, from your bridal shower to your wedding day! A gorgeous bride inside and out, with a mother just as amazing!

Fairy Godmother Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower

Photography by J.Michelle Photography.

Need some help organizing a bridal shower? Contact Fairy Godmother today to start planning! 

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

Happy, happy “Magical Monday” from Fairy Land!

We are so thrilled that you have stayed with us during our series for the newly engaged, “Congratulations! You’re Engaged, Now What…?”

This week we are still roughly about 8-10 months away from your magical day, and the planning hasn’t stopped!

Now that you have said “Yes!” to the dress, it’s time to get your bridesmaids their dresses!

First things first. It’s crucial when considering the type of dress to put your favorite ladies in, to think of their body types. You wouldn’t want to put anyone in something that they didn’t feel comfortable in, or wouldn’t buy themselves. These dresses are what you want to compliment your stunning gown, whether it be simple or over the top elegant. Make it simple and significant and it will all work out!

Consider your day when selecting styles or color, if you’re having a winter hill-top countryside mountain wedding, the short cocktail dress in neon pink with super puffy sleeves may not be for you… And if it is, totally go for it! Be sure that just because you like something that it actually works with your vision for your wedding day.

Consult your wedding day squad about their budget! This is important. You would never want to put your bridesmaids in a pinch in order to stand by you as you begin the first day of forever. Be sensitive to their needs, but this is your day. If you have a dream and a vision that you are sticking to, don’t let your guard down. Your ladies, and gents, will understand.

From the moment bridesmaids dresses are ordered to the moment the final alterations are all finalized could be about 5-6 months. This means it is imperative that you get your orders submitted in a timely fashion, but also so that the colors all match! Some companies end up having to make dresses as they sell out to fill the demand, and sometimes the next batch of dresses may be a little off in the color of the dye they use.

It’s time for “the talk.”

Picture this… It’s wedding day! You have tried on your dress with your shoes, you have had your mock-up of your hair done… You know exactly how you are going to look! But… one small rather significant detail… Undergarments. Straps, lines, you don’t want them!

Be sure to consider what you will need in order for the dress to look just as you, and your bride, intended!

If you would like some fairy dust to assist in your dress-shopping needs, contact us today!  

Red, White & True Blue! – Magical Monday

Happy Memorial Day from all of us here at Fairy Godmother!

If you’ve been thinking of ways to kick off your summer with a little patriotism, we have got the perfect styled shoot for you!

This classic piece of America has some of the best, and tastiest treats to make sure that your guests cool off in the best way possible.

What better way to make your tablescape pop with all the best patriotic elements than pop up shapes, bright colored napkins and patterned wooden utensils! All is right in the world when you can successfully pull off mix-matched patterns, we think they make for a great conversation starter and even better centerpiece.

 A drink station is essential for any summer-time event, and what could be better than a berry and fruit infused water carafe? Adding a little “structure” to your setup can be done easily with colored glassware, perfection!

If you are looking for something a little bit sweeter, Jones soda makes the perfect conversation starter. We think that the blue Jones soda fit in with our patriotic theme absolutely perfectly!

Top it off with a decorative straw and you are all set!

If there was anything that could make an American day outside a little more festive, we figured it would be a 1954 Chevy pickup!

While yellow may not fit in the American-themed color palette, we think that this sweet ride accented the day just right!  

A truck has many purposes, but we think that this was the sweetest place for the sweets!

Homemade sweet treats included sprinkle-dipped marshmallows, cool-whip strawberry triangles, and patriotic-inspired cookies by The Cookie Monger.

To see more of this styled shoot, see our feature on Home Confetti!

We hope that you have found some holiday inspiration for your next event, and of course if you would like some assistance in your planning your next event, contact Fairy Godmother today!

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

As we continue our series for the recently engaged, we are now about 5-7 months away from saying “I do!”

With the wheels of wedding planning picking up their speed, it is now the most beautiful time in the process to select your florist!

Florals by House of Flowers. Photography by Shelli Renee.

Florals by House of Flowers. Photography by Shelli Renee.

In order to make this process a little bit easier for you, we have compiled a list of key facts and tips in order to aid your way through.

First things first, as we have mentioned with just about every vendor selection…. BUDGET! Know what you are willing to invest in your wedding day for each category, and make sure those budgets add up in line with your ultimate wedding day investment. This should be one of your very first starting points when meeting with potential florists. You don’t want to waste any of their time, or your own time, with unrealistic possibilities.

Focus on what will work for you!

Next up, have an idea of what you are interested in! If you walk in with just a budget in mind, but lack any sort of direction towards your wedding day vision- you are going to be pulling a wild card when you meet with florists. Now, we aren’t saying that the florist will not work with you, but we are saying you may find it a bit more challenging in taking this route, versus showing your vendor what you have interest in.

Providing them with a vision, or storyboard, gives them the leeway to adjust and personalize your desires in ways you hadn’t even imagined!

According to WeddingWire, couples should use their bouquet (if applicable) for a reference point in their floral decisions, as your bouquet is the statement floral piece!

Florals by House of Flowers. Photography by Shelli Renee.

Bouquet by House of Flowers. Photography by Shelli Renee.

Bouquet by Make It Happen Events. Photography by April & Co.

Bouquet by Make It Happen Events. Photography by April & Co.

There are a few common faux paus in modern age when it comes to wedding day florals. 

The first we can thank Pinterest as clients try to have their inspiration replicated- this leads to immediate disappointment when it doesn’t go as planned. We want to avoid this through you having an open mind! Be open to new colors, floral types, and of course, new styles! Think of everything included in your big day, and how the florals will fit in.

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.

Think of choosing florals as trying on a bunch of dresses (which we are sure you have already done!), there may be a style of flower that you haven’t seen yet. Let your florist use their knowledge and experience to help guide you through this process, after all, they are to be your trusted professional!

If you would love some fairy magic for your magical day, contact Fairy Godmother and let the Fairies help you!

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

As we continue our wedding planning process, we are still 8-10 months out from your magical day! 

You’ve selected your wedding gown, bridal party attire, and the majority of your vendor selections… Now, it is time for one of the most fun parts… Gift registry!

Your wedding day gift registry is one of the best things for both you and your potential gift givers. This is a sure fire way for you to not only get things that you may have wanted but also a way to get the things that you may need! 

After you have tackled some of your more major tasks in wedding planning, it is important to get your registry done in a fairly timely manner, as your family and friends will look for it as they join you in celebrating your engagement up until your wedding day. Bridal showers, engagements parties, and the list goes on for when you will be showered with love and gifts.

Our angel Fairy Godmother, Pammy, loading gifts for the newlyweds to make their getaway!

Another important part of putting your registry together is to ensure that you include items for every budget, this will help you accommodate the needs of your guests as they shop for the soon to be newlyweds. This isn’t just something for one of you to do alone, this task is one that you should both share. These are things that should appeal to both of you as they are going to be in your own shared space! 

Welcome to 2017. If you haven’t already, please take note that things are a little different than they used to be. A little less traditional and a little more off the beaten path. But the end product is still the same, two people sharing their forever. 

With that in mind, it’s time to think outside the box of what is “proper” for your registry. Now, registry items are the things you want and need, personalized just for you! If you already have your fancy dishes and utensils, think outside the box! Do you need a toolbox to clean up the garage? How about a new vacuum? It is totally okay to put these things down! If you aren’t afraid to champagne toast over a new Roomba, don’t be afraid to ask for it. 

On the flip side… Be sure to consider what you are selecting for your registry. If you don’t cook or bake, the really expensive kitchen mixer may not be a practical choice. You want to avoid filling your new happy married life home with clutter and things that will only be there for looks. But trust us, we know how tempting it is to go wild when the clerk gives you the fancy price gun to run around the store with. 

And, let’s be honest… Even if you give them an itemized list of all the things you may want, they will still struggle. Be sure to leave the cash and gift card avenue open for anyone who feels that it is a better fit for them. Think of all the possibilities! 

Teri & Blake Fairy Godmother Wedding

Photo by Shelli Renee.

Finally, thank you cards are an absolute MUST! Weddings can be busy, usually, gifts are opened later in the comfort of your home with your spouse. Therefore, people may not get to see the reaction when you open the super fancy blender that they got you off of your registry that you thought nobody would choose. People want to know if you liked their gift, or even if you got it.

Don’t wait too long to send out the lovely little thank you notes. There’s a fine line around this gray area for thank you cards, a solid date range is roughly two weeks to three months post wedding day.  

This is a happy time and a super fun time for you and your soon to be, so register away in a few of your favorite stores! 

While we can’t do your registry for you, Fairy Godmother can guide you in the right direction! Contact us today!

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

“Congratulations! You’re Engaged, Now What…?”

This week, we are still in our 8-1o month time block until you and your soon-to-be say, “I do!”

Now that you have a date, venue, caterer, and a rough draft of your guest list… It’s time to pick a DJ!

Freestyle Entertainment Fairy Godmother

Fairy Godmother Colleen with Mike of Freestyle Entertainment!

Not all weddings have DJ’s, some have live bands, or other forms of musical entertainment. We want to help you make sure that you get exactly what you want for you on your special day. This is just one of the many ways that you get to share your personality and interests with your guests as you engulf them into a full experience of you as a couple.

A good DJ can make or break your guests’ experience. If you want that loud, exciting, and constant action- a harpist or violinist may not be for you.

Fairy Godmother has had the greatest pleasure of working with so many kinds of entertainment! We have had the harpist, the 5-piece band, and of course, we have worked with a fabulous variety of DJ’s!

Every single creative partner has a distinct style, all finding the best ways to appeal to their couples’ needs.

This is where searching for the right DJ comes in. You want to give yourself options, not just selecting the one that played a really super awesome playlist off the internet at your cousin’s brother’s mother’s wedding.

Fairy Godmother DG Entertainment

DJ Donald of DG Entertainment!

Fairy Godmother DG Entertainment

DJ Donald getting the crowd pumped up! Photo by Aurelia D’amore Photography.

You want to have a personal experience that is all your own, so be sure to book appointments with a few and if they don’t have that “WOW!” factor right off the bat, you may want to explore other avenues and options.

Fairy Godmother Kevin Rush Entertainment

Fairy Godmother Colleen with DJ Kevin Rush!

Your wedding day is supposed to be everything that you have ever dreamed of, so make sure every selection gives you the confidence that you are just months away from that dream becoming a reality!

Fairy Godmother Freestyle Mark

Fairy Godmother Colleen with Mark of Freestyle Entertainment!

Your wedding day is supposed to be everything that you have ever dreamed of, so make sure every selection gives you the confidence that you are just months away from that dream becoming a reality!

Contact Fairy Godmother today to make sure that your event has the most perfect entertainment for your special day!

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

It’s “Magical Monday” here in Fairy Land and that means we get to share more tips on your wedding planning process!

We are still roughly about 10-months away from your magical wedding day, but there’s no time for rest just yet!

With just less than a year to go it is time to nail down your guest list!

Even better, it’s time to nail down your guest list and their address!

 First things first, you should have your budget pretty much set in stone. This will help you with the groundwork of creating your guest list, by having an idea of how many guests you will be able to hold at your venue, how many guests you will be able to accommodate within your budget, and to still have some wiggle-room in your day… You have totally got this handled!

Fairy Godmother guestbook left coast by design photograph

Photographed by Racquel Leal Photography.

Before you grab that notepad to start writing, have a sit down with any and all parties who are contributing to the cost of your big day. If you’re paying for your own wedding, you can do whatever you would like! If parents, family, and friends are providing aid you need to be sure there is a clear understanding of who will be coming.

It is often expected that parents invite their close circle of friends, who may or may not be on your guest list already. We don’t want anyone to have their feelings hurt, and we don’t want any surprise guests! Talk it out, it’s a win-win!

Create your dream list. See where that will put you in terms of guest count and how it will impact your budget. Now taking what you have discovered, you can either smash your list or keep it just like it is and viola, you’re all set!

Fairy Godmother guestbook left coast by design photograph

Invitations by Matinae Design Studio. Photography by Left Coast By Design.

Now, if you need some help cutting down the list… Take these tips into consideration… If they aren’t relatives and you haven’t spoken to them since that one time at the grocery store, don’t worry about inviting them. A little wishy-washy on having younger civilians at your event? Don’t invite them! Only see them at the grocery store? Don’t do it. Haven’t seen them since you were five when they lived by your Nana’s? Don’t even go there.

As conscious adults we like to overthink situations, always seeing the alternative, but part of wedding planning is making big decisions.

Another tactic that can be used is when you send out your response cards, have the names already printed so that one invitation doesn’t lead to ten guests. Avoid those last minute straggler invitations, and don’t let your cousin’s boyfriend’s mother crash in on your event because she was invited via text message two hours before the wedding.

Fairy Godmother guestbook left coast by design photograph

Program fans by Matinae Design Studio. Photographed by Rob Greer Photography.

If you can handle keeping your guest list organized and strategic, you have this wedding planning thing down! If you’d like a little more help with your planning, contact Fairy Godmother and let us handle it for you!

 

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

Yay! You’re engaged, now what?! 

At this point in our series, we are about 8-10 months away from one of the best days of your life! 

In the midst of selecting your wedding day vendors, there are some other details to pick out. 

One of the first selections will be what your wedding party will wear.

Dresses and tuxedos… The options are endless! 

Fairy Godmother Wedding Attire

Photograph by Left Coast By Design.

There are a few things to remember when selecting your wedding party’s attire! One is that your wedding party is the face of your wedding, they will be in majority of your photos, and most of all- you don’t want to be the couple that made their wedding party wear something atrocious! 

When it comes to your bridesmaids, you want to make sure that their gowns won’t upstage your bride while remaining cohesive with the style. Whether you personally select each person’s attire or give them free reign, you have to have some sort of direction regarding wardrobe, after all it is your wedding day!

Groomsmen are a bit more simple, with a lot less wiggle room as far as accessories and wardrobe choices are concerned. A solid color tux, or suit, accented with a color relative to the wedding decor makes it easy and still looks great!

If you’re more of a relaxed, carefree couple you may consider deciding on a color scheme and let your wedding party decide on their own outfits. 

It is important to keep in mind your party’s body types, budgets, and personalities in mind. We all know that there is nothing worse than being stuck in something that you feel extremely uncomfortable in.  

 Let Fairy Godmother help plan your big day, not only plan, but to share our advice on proper wedding party wardrobe for your magical day! Contact us to schedule your consultation!

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

Congratulations! You’re engaged, now what…?!

Now that you’re big day is shaping up, it’s time to add in all the details.

One of the most memorable parts of your wedding day will be what you get to look back on, your photos!

Fairy Godmother Wedding Photographer

Photographed by Left Coast By Design.

This is one job that we HIGHLY recommend you entrust to a professional.

Memories are forever, we want you to make sure that your day lives on just how you remember it. From the portraits to the details, a professional photographer is sure to capture every element and detail of your wedding day.

Fairy Godmother Wedding Photographer

Photographed by Makenzie Photography.

First things first, never just choose a photographer because your mother’s brother’s cousin’s friend owns a really nice camera and takes a really great selfie. Look into their portfolio, do you like their style? Are there photographs similar to what you are interested in? Does their style fit your personality? These are just some of the beginning questions that will pave the way towards your decision.

One of the best things you can do is to consult your planner. Anyone who is anyone will have a reputation in the wedding industry. Your planning, or event producer, will help you make the best decision!

Fairy Godmother Wedding Photographer

Photographed by Gwen Corona Photography.

 What are the things that you notice most about photos? Does your potential photographers satisfy your eagle eye?

One of the BIGGEST and most IMPORTANT questions to ask yourself is “Are our personalities compatible?” Aside from your wedding coordinator, your wedding photographer will be the one vendor that is with you for a major chunk of your day. You want to be sure that your needs, desires, and all those little things that go “unsaid” are met or exceeded.

Fairy Godmother Wedding Photographer

Photographed by J.Michelle Photography.

Another rule of thumb is to compare the packages that your potential vendors may offer. What is the “basic” or “entry” level package of one photographer, may be a middle grade for another. It is important to let the vendor share about what they offer, but it is very important to make note of any questions that may remain unanswered.

Fairy Godmother Wedding Photographer

Photographed by Boone & Stacie Weddings.

One of the best ways to accomplish this is to have a photographer who understands you, has your interests at heart, and is willing to do what it takes to make it all come together. Compatibility is a must!

Lastly, be sure that you have a contract signed by both parties involved! A contract will bind your photographer to what is expected of them, this includes the hours they will be with you, the equipment they will be supplying, and the rights that you have as the client. All of these things are vital to your day.

Fairy Godmother Wedding Photographer

Photographed by Shelli Renee.

Let Fairy Godmother help you find the perfect photographer for you, contact us today!

Remember, a photo says 1,000 words!