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!

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

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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!

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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!

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

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

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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?!

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Photo by The Photege.

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

All About Me – Fairy Godmother Colleen – Fairy Godmother Friday

Have you met the Fairies? 

Do you wonder what we enjoy doing outside of weddings and events? 

Each Fairy was asked a series of random questions to help you get to know us better!

This week, we are showcasing Fairy Godmother Colleen, Fairy Godmother’s very own owner and founder!

Colleen and her Prince Charming have one son, Brandon, and one fur baby, Ava!

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Original Fairy Godmother Wedding

The original Fairy Godmother wedding. Check out that train!

Colleen and Brandon

If Colleen could live anywhere in the world… She would live near the ocean!

Her favorites include Santa Barbara, Avila, Morro Bay and Cayucos. When her son, Brandon, was growing up they spent a lot of time at their beach house in Cayucos, consequently she has many happy memories of her family on the beach! Colleen loves the calm, happy feeling of beach towns, and of course the sound and beauty of the ocean.

Fairy Godmother Colleen Kamal & Julissa Wedding

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

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

She used to work as an Account Executive for Estee Lauder and would travel all over Southern California for the company. The job took her to New York, Florida, New Mexico, and Arizona. Not to mention she got to meet the one and only Leonard Lauder, Estee’s son, and Elizabeth Hurly! One of the best memories from her job with the company was getting to spend time in Estee’s actual office! Here she learned about merchandising, and just how important relationship building is!

Fairy Godmother Colleen with Alex & Susie Vlahos

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

If Colleen could change one thing in the world… What would it be?

Colleen is a huge animal lover!  It pains her to see so many animals abused, so she would do her best to make the laws much more strict for people who commit animal-related crimes.

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The Fairy Godmother squad when they arrived at the Vibiana for the 2017 California Wedding Day Awards!

We asked Colleen a fun question… Do you like to dance?

Turns out, she LOVES to dance! One of her bucket list items is to learn how to ballroom dance. Growing up she always wanted to dance, but her dad preferred her and her siblings to be in music, so she played the piano and guitar. One of her guilty pleasures is Dancing with the Stars.

Fairy Godmother Colleen in a Kate Spade Cocktail Dress

Fairy Godmother Colleen sporting her geranium Kate Spade cocktail dress at The Knot’s Wedding MBA after party.

Do you think that Colleen would ever want to live abroad?

She doesn’t! She spent three years in Oklahoma and missed her family so very much. She might be able to swing a year abroad, but she has no plans to do so.

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Fairy Godmother Colleen greeting the crowd, and promoting the Fairy Godmother Foundation! Captured by Jonah & Lindsay Long

Does your name make any interesting anagrams?

No, but it does mean “Little Girl” in Irish!

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What type of music do you love the most?

Colleen loves all the decades of music, however if she had to choose, she would choose classical music!

She also loves the sound of rain, or of course, the ocean!

Fairy Godmother Colleen with Jack & Carolyn Pandol at the International Fruit Genetics Dinner

Jack & Carolyn Pandol having a “grape” time with their very own Fairy Godmother!

Finally, we asked Colleen what the first thing she thinks of in the morning is!

She usually thinks ahead for her day, and sets goals of all the things that she would like to accomplish!

Stay tuned as we continue to share more fun and interesting facts about the faces of Fairy Godmother!

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

Wow, we are less than 6 months from your magical day!

As we continue our “Congratulations! You’re Engaged, Now What…?” series, it’s time to finalize your guest list!

Darr Reception Wedding Group Photo

Photography by J.Michelle Photography.

If you recall the beginning of our series, we provided you with some insight on how to put together your guest list… So now, we will revisit that subject and ensure that you get all those invites out so you can start getting those RSVPs in! 

First things first, how to know who to invite.

Major points to consider when considering your guest count- your venue capacity, and your budget. 

If you and your fiancé are supporting your wedding day investment on your own, you have the power to set your number!

Traditionally, according to our friends over at The Knot, if you’re accepting help from family there is a division rule. If both sets of parents are assisting financially, they are both entitled to a quarter of the guest list, meaning that you and your fiancé get half and then the other half is split between the two families. 

However, in recent times, couples are finding it easiest to just split the guest list evenly three ways. 

While compiling your list, start high and then shave it down. This way, if someone wasn’t on the original, ask yourself why you didn’t think of them. A rule of thumb from The Knot is that if you have not spoken to them in at least three years, don’t invite them!

If you are looking to trim down your guest count, consider not adding the “plus one” option, and maybe even asking for adults only. 

It’s your wedding, invite the ones who you want to share the best day of your life with!

Redwood Ranch Three Rivers – Fairy Field Trip – Fairy Godmother Friday

As you all may very well know, the Fairies can’t sit still for long!

So, in normal Fairy fashion, Fairy Godmother Colleen and Fairy Godmother Cassandra loaded up and hit the open road- destination- Three Rivers, California! 

Fairy Godmother Redwood Ranch Three Rivers

Another beautiful, guided venue tour had to happen, and the Redwood Ranch at Three Rivers was just the one!

Bakersfield has so many venues to offer, but every once in a while we find a couple who wants something that people have never seen before, something new and exciting, something fresh… And oh, did Three Rivers satisfy all of that and more!

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Fairy Godmothers Colleen and Cassandra amidst the glory of Redwood Ranch!

This venue is perfectly tucked away and is the perfect location for the couple who desires adventure and craves to satisfy their wanderlust.

Fairy Godmother Redwood Ranch Three Rivers

The barn at Redwood Ranch, which can house up to 16 guests!

This venue is not only surrounded by gorgeous scenery and right along the flowing rivers, but it also may double as the perfect weekend getaway.

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Guest lodging is onsite, secret swimming holes and it even has more than three potential “enchanted” ceremony sites! 

Just as we like it, there was magic waiting at every turn!

Our tour guide and ranch manager, Jalene, was ever so helpful and took us on “tour” which doubled as an adventure on the Redwood Ranch property!

Fairy Godmother Redwood Ranch Three Rivers

Let the Fairy Godmother squad help you find the very best wedding venue for you, contact us today!

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

Congratulations on your engagement!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Welcoming Sara Elms – Fairy Godmother Friday

Happy “Fairy Godmother Friday!” 

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

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

Fairy Godmother Sara

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

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

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

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

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

Fairy Godmother Assistants Logan

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

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

Malibu Wedding at Calamigos Ranch – Magical Monday

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

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

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

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

Tori & Arnold Calamigos Ranch Fairy Godmother Wedding

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

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

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

Tori & Arnold Calamigos Ranch Fairy Godmother Wedding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tori & Arnold Calamigos Ranch Fairy Godmother Wedding

Photo by Valdophye Photography.

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

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Why Hire Fairy Godmother? – Fairy Godmother Friday

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fairy Godmother A Wedding and Event Planning Company

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fairy Godmother Boone & Stacie Weddings Bakersfield Country Club Event Producer

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

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

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

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

Fairy Godmother Cassandra holding umbrella for bride during wedding procession

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

Fairy Godmother Janet Setting Decor Pandol Christmas Open House

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

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

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

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Fairy Godmother Marissa with bride Natalie!

Fairy Godmother Colleen Kamal & Julissa Wedding

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

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

Our attention to our clients is not our only pride and joy, but also for our dedication to the industry.

All of us at Fairy Godmother are constantly learning and educating ourselves, allowing us to not only be experienced entrepreneurs but to be trusted expert professionals!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fairy Godmother Couple Lauren & Matt Darr

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

Fairy Godmother Colleen with Alex & Susie Vlahos

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

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

Fairy Godmother Hair Boys Circus Themed Birthday Party

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

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

Carolyn Pandol's 55th Birthday

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

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

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

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

Florals by House of Flowers. Photography by Shelli Renee.

Florals by House of Flowers. Photography by Shelli Renee.

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

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

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

Another great influence on your florals will be your venue! 

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

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

Seek recommendations!

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

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

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

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

Bride and Bridal party posing with their bouquets

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

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

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

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

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Florals by Melissa Cornett.

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

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

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

 

Unicorn Ice Crème Social – Fairy Godmother Friday

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

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

Fairy Godmother Unicorn Ice Creme Social

The CUTEST unicorn-inspired invitation by Matinae Design Studio.

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

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

It all starts with a little magic at the table!

Fairy Godmother Unicorn Ice Creme Social

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

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

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

Did someone say sweets?!

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

Unicorn cupcakes and rainbow sprinkled sugar cookies, oh yes!

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

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

Sequins make everything… just better!

And never forget that you’re magical!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What event is complete without florals?!

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

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

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