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

FTD Centerpiece Ideas – Wedding Wednesday

Here at Fairy Godmother, we believe that every wedding needs to be just as beautiful and unique as the couple. 

With that being said, we find it so fun for the couples to share their ideas and dreams behind their magical day plans! 

Our friends over at FTD reached out to us to help promote and share some centerpiece ideas that we think are absolutely stunning.

FTD Table Numbers

FTD has thought of just about everything with their table number inspiration– sailboats, books, and even greenery all mark the spot where guests will be able to sit and mingle, creating memories of your wedding day!

FTD Table Numbers

Wedding planning can be a little crazy sometimes, that’s why here at Fairy Godmother we enjoy taking the stress out of this joyous time! Planning and designing for our clients, sharing the ideas that we think would be suit their event theme and style- and we are so in love with these ideas from FTD that we just have to share them with you! 

FTD Table Numbers

Whether you have a big wedding, or a small intimate gathering of your closest friends and family- table numbers really are beneficial!

From assigned seating on a seating chart to dismissal for dinner- a small addition to your centerpiece can save your guests a handful of headaches. 

FTD Table Numbers

While it is important to stay on track with your budget and stay in line with your décor, you can find simple ways to add these numbers. Whether it’s a small number placed in your floral arrangements or an elaborate custom shape- your wedding is all about YOU!

Find the absolute BEST way that appeases your soul and run with it! 

The Gardens at Monji – Magical Monday

This “Magical Monday” we wanted to highlight a new up and coming venue with more than 20 years of history!

The Gardens at Monji by Monji Landscape Company is a new spin on what used to be their real life showroom.

The Gardens at Monji Fairy Godmother

The Gardens at Monji Fairy Godmother

This venue is an actual outdoor oasis, with water accents and splashes of character everywhere you turn. All while still being able to paint the scene for whatever theme or direction your event may hold! 

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One of the best things about all of the pools, fountains and other water accents is the trickling sound of the water splashing- calming and serene, ahhThe Gardens at Monji Fairy Godmother The Gardens at Monji Fairy Godmother

The Gardens at Monji Fairy Godmother

Our very own Fairy Godmother Colleen got to tour the grounds with the owner, Dan Monji himself!

Dan as warm and inviting, and you can see the care he has for the space as his passion towards his craft shows in his work. 

The Gardens at Monji Fairy Godmother

The Gardens at Monji Fairy Godmother

Dan shared on the history of the venue, and just how important it was to share the beauty with more than just clients looking into landscape design- but for those looking to make everlasting memories in a place as tropical as The Gardens by Monji, right here in northwest Bakersfield.

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The Gardens has every amenity couples could ever dream of! Separate dressing rooms, a full service kitchen, and the best part? Seating for over 200 guests! Worried about your event in cooler weather? Worry no more, The Gardens not only has the ability for indoor and covered patio seating, they also have a fire pit perfect for those chilly Bakersfield evenings! 

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While these photos are only a glimpse into the splendor that The Gardens has to offer, we would love to attend a showing with you to envision your magical event… Contact us today!

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!

Rustic Wedding at the Metro Gallery – Magical Monday

Your wedding is one of the best days of the rest of your life, and we think that Belen and Sebastian would completely agree!

We have been so excited throughout our entire planning process with this special couple, that it would be wrong of us not to share just a few sneak peeks into their magical day! 

Belen got ready with her bridesmaids at the historic Padre Hotel here in Bakersfield, we are so lucky to have been by her side all day- especially as she got into her dress!

Belen & Sebastian Rodriguez Fairy Godmother Metro Gallery Wedding

Fairy Godmother Colleen prepping Belen’s wedding dress for photographs!

Belen & Sebastian Rodriguez Fairy Godmother Metro Gallery Wedding

Style and comfort? We say “YES!”

It’s always fun as the girls, and guys, are getting ready to help everyone get ready! 

The fairy dust goes beyond the bride and groom, but to everyone involved in your magical day!

Belen & Sebastian Rodriguez Fairy Godmother Metro Gallery Wedding

Fairy Godmother Colleen making sure every bridesmaid was perfectly in tact before making their way down the aisle!

While Belen got ready with her squad, and her Fairy Godmother, our fabulous team of assistants! 

We put a great amount of faith, trust, and of course fairy dust in our team. They are able to put together our event so that we can spend every moment possible with our couple. 

These girls knocked it out of the park for Belen and Sebastian!

Belen & Sebastian Rodriguez Fairy Godmother Metro Gallery Wedding

Belen & Sebastian Rodriguez Fairy Godmother Metro Gallery Wedding

Forever thankful for our talented Fairy Godmother assistants!

Of course, our setup team wouldn’t be complete without the help of Carlos from Make It Happen Events! 

His talent always surprises us, you can look for yourself, check out these centerpieces! 

Belen & Sebastian Rodriguez Fairy Godmother Metro Gallery Wedding

Belen & Sebastian Rodriguez Fairy Godmother Metro Gallery Wedding

Centerpiece by Make It Happen Events.

As guests arrived at the beautiful Metro Gallery, and let us just say the wide open spaces with the beautiful street view of downtown paired with the most perfect weather, set the stage for Belen and Sebastian to say “I do!”

Belen & Sebastian Rodriguez Fairy Godmother Metro Gallery Wedding

Custom wood sign by Custom Creations.

Assigned seating for dinner was done simply with this custom seating plan, we think our couple made it perfect for their guests to find their proper place and allowed them to mingle with their round tables!

Belen & Sebastian Rodriguez Fairy Godmother Metro Gallery Wedding 

Okay, we are saving the best for last and cannot wait to share the actual photos from this magical wedding day! We get a total sense of euphoria from our weddings that carries on through the week, we hope that you enjoy scrolling through them just as much as we love sharing them with you!

For your next magical event, contact Fairy Godmother 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! 

Earnest Financial Wedding Guide – Wedding Wednesday

Wedding planning can be stressful, trust us, but it doesn’t have to be!

The thrill and joy of becoming engaged is unimaginable- but when it comes to planning many couples find themselves lost and not sure of where to start. 

One of the very first things to do is to draw up a wedding day budget. It sounds scary and of course nobody likes being put on a budget, but alas, it must be done. 

First things first. Be practical. Most people want an elaborate wedding, but have a budget of $2,000.

This is fine, but you have to plan within your means! 

Budgeting on your own can be difficult as you find these little “extras” that you want to add, maybe it the type of food you’ll be serving, the type of chair you want for your ceremony/reception, and of course, everything could be easier with a wedding professional! 

From a wedding planning point of view, you should always consider hiring a planner, even if it’s just for day of coordination- the stress level drastically decreases when there is someone else able to alleviate the burdens of planning. This allows for you to actively enjoy your engagement to the fullest extent!

Our friends over at Earnest have put together tools, guides, and even calculators on how to handle your wedding day investment!

Earnest Fairy Godmother Wedding Investment

Companies like Earnest have made it possible for not only wedding day dreams to come true, but also for releasing a huge burden on the families involved in the wedding planning process!

Earnest Fairy Godmother Wedding Investment

If you are looking to plan your wedding, and not looking to go broke because of it, check out available loan options– like Earnest to save the day!  

Groomed to Perfection – Magical Monday

The Fairy Godmother team has been lucky enough to be a part of a recent two part styled shoot series illustrating just how awesome it is when LOVE WINS!!

The first part that we will be sharing is the more masculine approach sharing how Jose and Federico have been “Groomed to Perfection.”

Fairy Godmother LOVE WINS Groomed to Perfection

“Groomed to Perfection” is proof that there is no doubt that LOVE WINS. This collaboration of creative partners is one that we couldn’t wait to share with the world. This “Mister & Mister” styled shoot is sure to break the status quo. Enjoy a cup of Joe as we set the world aflame!

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The design inspiration of this shoot was rooted in deep masculine tones to create an sense of mystery while including soft natural elements such as cotton to juxtapose the concrete, showing the soft and solid sides of love.

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Utilizing geometric shapes in décor, complete with triangular plates, giving us a new outlook from every angle. 

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The design wouldn’t be complete without a gold embellished grayscale cake (and cupcakes!) that were there to remind us just how sweet love is.

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Fairy Godmother LOVE WINS Groomed to Perfection

Jose and Federico show us a different kind of love, a love that has no boundaries and shares its profound message with just one look. Our advantage to creating a styled shoot with a real couple allows for not only the vision to be perfectly executed, but to exemplify just what love is!

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Dark and mysterious, yet simply beautiful paper products were used- showing the more unique elements to shatter the glass ceiling on what was once considered “traditional!”

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Custom coin rings and ring box were made just for this shoot- and how perfect are they?!

Illustrating the inspiration of mixed metals and dark textures perfectly!

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To view this feature on San Diego Wedding, click here! To start planning your next event with Fairy Godmother, click here!

A note from the photographer… 

“As part of our planning process for our Central Valley LGBTQ+ Wedding Vendor Allies project, we spent the summer of 2017 compiling a list of additional vendors who identify as supportive resources for the LGBTQ+ Community.  Please feel free to link and share this resource in addition to the participating vendors listed above.  We will update the list periodically as vendors reach out to us.  While it might seem counter-intuitive to share resources that may someday compete with our own businesses, nothing makes us happier than to celebrate love in all forms while we help take some unnecessary stress out of the planning process for our Central Valley couples.” 

 

Vendor Credits…

Photographer:  Left Coast Design Studio
Event Designers:  
Fairy Godmother a Wedding and Event Company
Bakery:  
Gimme Some Sugar
Paperie:  
Matinae Design Studio
Videography:  
Our Legacy Pro
Florals:  
House of Flowers
Catering:  
Cloud9 Coffee Company
Coin Rings:  
70 Knots Company
Venue:  
Padre Hotel
Tuxedos:  
Finos Menswear & Tuxedo
Rentals:  
Walker Lewis Rents
Ring Box:  Those Things by that One Girl
Grooming:  
Blackboard Barber Shop 

Second Shooter:  Lauryn Marette

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!

Fairy Godmother Weekend – Magical Monday

WOW!

That’s the first word that comes to mind when we think of the wild Fairy Godmother weekend that we just wrapped up.

The Fairy Godmother squad had SIX events between Friday and Saturday- that’s a record! 

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To kick off the weekend, Fairy Godmother Denise held her event out in the water storage facility for the Kern Water Authority!

This event was dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Kern Water Authority, and the passing of a Bill that would help the future of the water bank!

Kern Water Authority Kevin McCarthy

Congressman Kevin McCarthy made a visit to speak at the event.

As you may know, the Fairies work in all the elements… This event was set in the middle of the wetlands, which means we got to bring the entire space to life…

Mother Nature, however, saw this as the perfect day to bring Bakersfield some of the much needed rain and wind!

Don’t fret- John of the Kern County Water Authority whipped out some rainproof suits and we continued sprinkling magic!

Kern Water Authority Fairy Godmother Squad

The Fairy Godmother squad in our waterproof suits!

Centerpieces by Carlos of Make It Happen Events would not be complete without some of the surrounding greenery

Fairy Godmother TJ and Carlos set out to the marshes to cut some of the most perfect and fresh flowers, tulle and mayonnaise flowers! 

Kern Water Authority TJ & Carlos

Our Fairy Godmother Assistant Emily even weathered the storm with us!

Kern Water Authority FG Assistant

Thank you, Emily for your help in the weather!

As luck would have it, we even got to experience a few flocks of the birds that inhabit the area, and why this event was so important- to protect the lands that keep our ecosystem in check! 

Kern Water Authority Wildlife

As half of the Fairy Godmother squad loaded up and headed for the California Coast, Fairy Godmother Janet was preparing for her evening wedding!

Justin and Monica were wed at a little church on the outskirts of town and then held their wedding reception at the beautiful Kern County Museum!

Fairy Godmother Janet with Fairy Godmother bride Monica

Fairy Godmother Janet with Fairy Godmother bride Monica.

The Museum is best known for the historic clock tower, known as the Beale Memorial Clock Tower. 

A little history behind the clock tower is that it was a gift to the city of Bakersfield from Truxtun Beale (once owner of Tejon Ranch) in memory of his mother, Mary Beale. The clock tower was dedicated in 1904 at the intersection of 17th and Chester. Following city updates and natural disasters, it was later restored, moved and re-dedicated at it’s current location in 1964.

Fairy Godmother couple Monica and Justin at the Kern County Museum

Fairy Godmother couple Monica and Justin at the Kern County Museum.

Their outdoor reception was so bright and colorful, such a fun way to celebrate the couple!

Fairy Godmother couple Justin & Monica Kern County Museum

Fairy Godmother couple Justin & Monica Kern County Museum

Fairy Godmother Janet’s fabulous assistant, Shelly!

Saturday morning kicked off not one, but two, weddings on the coast for the Fairies! 

Fairy Godmother Colleen and Fairy Godfather TJ were celebrating the union of Austin and Eric were surrounded by their friends and family at the beautiful Santa Margarita Ranch! 

Fairy Godmother couple Austin & Eric at Santa Margarita

Fairy Godmother couple Austin & Eric at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch. Photo by Lorie Chambless.

The day was perfect, the Fall weather was just right for everyone to enjoy this magical day! 

Fairy Godmother couple Austin & Eric at Santa Margarita

Fairy Godmother couple Austin & Eric at Santa Margarita

Austin and Eric’s reception, talk about gorgeous!

Fairy Godmother Cassandra and Fairy Godmother Sara were at the stunning Wineman Ranch in Nipomo!

Fairy Godmother couple Melinda & Brian

Fairy Godmother couple Melinda & Brian.

We have seen rustic weddings, and this one was absolutely gorgeous, each detail was unique to the couple- SO fun!

Their aisle was covered with cow hides, centerpieces were vases made of pumpkins, and custom cups for guests to take home as a reminder of the events that day!

Fairy Godmother couple Melinda & Brian cowhide aisle

How cool was Melinda and Brian’s aisle runner?!

Fairy Godmother couple Melinda and Brian setup

While half of the Fairy Squad was on the Coast, the other half was busy at home prepping their own events!

Fairy Godmother Marissa was out at a private residence with Fairy Godmother couple Trystan and Hazel…

WOW! Is all we have to say! 

Fairy Godmother Marissa with bride Hazel

Fairy Godmother with her beautiful Fairy Godmother bride, Hazel.

The décor was stunning, the custom donut bar was absolutely delicious, and the food was to die for!

Fairy Godmother Marissa setup

Trystan and Hazel’s reception.

Fairy Godmother Marissa and Team

Fairy Godmother Marissa with her fabulous Fairy Godmother team!

And our final event of Saturday was Fairy Godmother Janet’s wedding at the Bakersfield Women’s Club! 

Elaine and Arnel were getting married and we were so lucky that they chose Fairy Godmother to produce their wedding!

Fairy Godmother Janet with Fairy Godmother bride Elaine

Fairy Godmother Janet with Fairy Godmother bride Elaine.

Fairy Godmother couple Elaine and Arnel

Anyone recognize this local celebrity who was chosen as their officiant? 

Elaine and Arnel Officiant Joshua King

Guests were immersed into a blank slate that had been completely transformed for their enjoyment- the Fairy magic is always so fun to play with when a bride lets our team make their dream a reality! 

Fairy Godmother couple Elaine and Arnel decor

We are SO incredibly lucky to do what we love, and to be trusted with these magical memories. 

If you’ve ever wondered what we will do for a client, here is your proof!

Near or far, we will pack up our fairy dust and make sure that your event is exactly as you’ve envisioned it.