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!

Collaboration of Creative Partners April Luncheon – Fairy Godmother Friday

We love the phrase “Community Over Competition,” which is simply described as “getting to the top by building others up!”

Fairy Godmother was born here in Bakersfield, what we like to call the “biggest small town,” and we first grew simply by word of mouth. There was no advertising, our growth was directly correlated to referrals of past clients, guests, and friends.

Fairy Godmother Collaboration of Creative Partners Luncheon

Part of this business is education. We attend conferences, and are even invited to special events with the most elite vendors in the business. At one conference in particular, ISSE in Carmel, Fairy Godmothers Colleen and Cassandra were rubbing elbows with the one and only Colin Cowie.

At this conference, Colin shared that our vendors are SO much more than just your caterer, or your photographer… They are our friends! We are all in this together and that we should let that show by calling them “friendors.”

If you have been witness to a “Fairy Field Trip” you should know that more than one creative mind with a notepad on the move is just a pinch of the fairy dust that Fairy Godmother offers. The ideas were brewing and viola, the “Collaboration of Creative Partners” luncheon was born.

Fairy Godmother Collaboration of Creative Partners Luncheon

Paper Product by Matinae Design Studio.

Once a month, the Fairy Godmother family invites a handful of guests to share an intimate lunch and allows for this table of “friendors” to talk and share stories outside of our events and meetings!

At our most recent April luncheon, we learned that Stephanie of Gimme Some Sugar Bakery got her name from her grandma always saying “come here and gimme some sugar!” Marianne of Marianne Lucas Photography used to be a Supervisor in the Kern High School District before taking her leap of faith into full-time photography. Angela and Patricia of Enchanted Bridal Boutique find their greatest happiness in putting their brides in their dream dresses. Christina of Kwik Signs is a super mom and loves organization, Teresa of Jo Ron Co. finds love in working within the community, and Amy of Alpha Omega Valet Services took over her business and employs orphan and foster youth, some of whom come from her full-time job at CASA of Kern County

Wands full of thanks from all of us at Fairy Godmother, we appreciate you all taking the time out of your day to join us, we know how valuable you are to your business!

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!

 

 

Middle Earth-Inspired Wedding – Fairy Godmother Friday

Have Fairies, will travel!

This past Fall, Fairy Godmother had the opportunity to go to Sequoia National Park for a wedding at the Wuksachi Lodge.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

The best part? The wedding was inspired by the Lord of the Rings trilogy. This was a wedding that Erin & Shelby’s guests would soon not forget!

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

This magical day was perfectly photographed by Christina Hopper of CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

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

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Guests arrived dressed in their most appropriate middle earth attire, cloaks and gowns abound!

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

The day would not have been complete without their officiant dressing in wizard drab, Pastor Rich was more than excited to do so.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

The Fairies weren’t the only things that took a roadtrip… The gorgeous bouquet was from Downtown Bakersfield created by the one and only House of Flowers!

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

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

Erin and Shelby exchanged vows in the presence of their closest family and friends on a wooden bridge amidst the tall Sequoias and outdoor splendor.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

The middle earth decor at the reception site was compiled of centerpieces referencing the couple’s favorite scenes from Lord of the Rings, elfish candle wraps by Matinae Design Studio, and elements of the wilderness.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

The wedding cake was all but average, a three tier elfish hideaway the couple were able to cut right in with their swords of choice.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Cake by Goodies Cookies. Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Cake by Goodies Cookies. Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

A lantern lit exit was the grand finale for this magical day, Erin and Shelby were off to celebrate a new life together!

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Fairy Godmother Lord of the Rings Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

 See their full feature in Offbeat Bride, here!

Easter Brunch – Fairy Godmother Friday

For this “Fairy Godmother Friday” we want to help you get ready for your Easter brunch!

We loved designing our Easter collaboration, with a fabulous team of “friendors” we were able to bring out the best that springtime had to offer!

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Photographed by Tim Chong.

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Floral design by House of Flowers. Rentals by Walker-Lewis Rents. Photographed by Tim Chong.

First things first.

You will have to gather some holiday décor, but don’t fret! You probably have everything you need right in the comfort of your own home.

Starting with the simple things… A spring wreath, some Easter literature and egg ornaments are some of the more simple options that allow you to engulf your guests in this festive experience!

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Floral design by House of Flowers. Photographed by Tim Chong.

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Photographed by Tim Chong.

Now lets get hoppin’!

Invitations can be for all occasions! Invite your guests with the best paper products, remember less is more and simple is elegant!

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Paper products by Matinae Design Studio. Photographed by Tim Chong.

At a proper table setting, napkins are purely a necessity. What if we took that necessity and turned into more… like bunny rabbit décor!

With the proper fold you can turn that boring old napkin into Mr. Cottontail himself, now how fun is that?!

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Floral design by House of Flowers. Rentals by Walker-Lewis Rents. Photographed by Tim Chong.

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Rentals by Walker-Lewis Rents. Photographed by Tim Chong.

Let’s talk about some of the rabbit food… Florals!

Flowers always steal the show, but what if there was just a little “something” more?

In our Fairy Godmother styled concept shoot, we added a lush basket of mixed greenery complete with tulips and even some cabbage!

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Floral design by House of Flowers. Photographed by Tim Chong.

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Floral design by House of Flowers. Photographed by Tim Chong.

Yummy bites with a bit of garnish add that much needed flare to bring out the green accents, juxtaposing the light yellow colors with the bright greens.

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Catering by Elevation 9. Photographed by Tim Chong.

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Catering by Elevation 9. Photographed by Tim Chong.

And what makes brunch taste even better? Yummy treats of course!

Chocolate covered bunnies and pastel ombré cakes make for the perfect dessert!

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Sweets by Gimme Some Sugar Bakery. Photographed by Tim Chong.

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Sweets by Gimme Some Sugar Bakery. Photographed by Tim Chong.

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Sweets by Gimme Some Sugar Bakery. Photographed by Tim Chong.

Of course, if you add a little festive wildlife you may have an even “hoppier” event!

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Photographed by Tim Chong.

 While your brunch may be so elegantly exerted, we all know who which attendees will really steal the show!

Fairy Godmother Easter Brunch by Tim Chong

Photographed by Tim Chong.

 

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

On behalf of the Fairy Godmother family, we want to congratulate your recent engagement!

We hope that you have found our “Congratulations! You’re Engaged, Now What?” series to be helpful, and we hope to follow your wedding planning process!

One of the most important parts of your magical day is getting married!

One of the most important components of your big day is having an officiant.

Officiant French Wedding Fairy Godmother Shelli Renee Weddings

Photography by Shelli Renee.

Your officiant can be a multitude of people, whether it be someone close to the family or an individual of faith.

One of the very first things to consider when hiring a wedding officiant is that you want to feel comfortable with them. This is the person who is going to tie you with your spouse for eternity!

Feeling comfortable is just the start, you want to make sure this person has no judgment on your union, and more importantly you want someone who knows a little about you to make your ceremony as personable as possible. After all, it is YOUR wedding day!

Huge Officiant Fairy Godmother Wedding

Photography by Austin Thomas Photo.

If you want to hold your wedding outside of your church of choice, but still want to have a religious officiant… Good news, you can! If this is something that you are interested in, be sure to check and see if the person you are interested in is interested and what their limits may be.

Perez Officiant Fairy Godmother Wedding

Photography by Jessica Frey Photography.

Are you more of an “offbeat” couple? Meaning that maybe the clergyperson just isn’t for you, and that’s completely fine! There are alternative options available! Maybe you need more of a Luke Skywalker kind of couple? Or maybe Gandalf is more your speed? These are just a few ideas, you have options!

Thome Officiant Fairy Godmother Wedding

Photography by Left Coast By Design.

Moore Officiant Fairy Godmother Wedding

Photography by CJ Hopper Photography.

Aside from the style of your ceremony, you want to be sure that you and your officiant have a very clear understanding of what is expected from both parties. You want to be sure that your officiant is everything that you want. Things to consider are the way they come off to others, and the language that they will be using. Will religion be played into it? Will there be any special ceremony additions? Unity candles, mixing of sand, etc.

Finally, be sure to have some sort of written agreement with your officiant. During your wedding planning, the last thing you want is to have any issues with agreements, so solidifyeverything you do with a contract! Don’t let wedding planning become stressful!

Fairy Godmother Timeline by Boone & Stacie Weddings

Photography by Boone & Stacie Weddings.

This is the buildup to the happiest day in your life, let the planning continue! Contact Fairy Godmother today!

 

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

You’re engaged! There has been so much planning up to this point, but you are moving right along with the help of your planner!

At this point in our “Congratulations! You’re engaged, now what…?” series, you are approximately 8-10 months away from your magical day!

Now that you have nailed down some of the finer details, lets jump into more of the fun stuff… Choosing your wedding party!

Your wedding party is usually compiled by your very best friend along with siblings or other immediate relatives. This is not where you find a place for your entire family, but maybe a cousin or someone who has been your trusted confidant for many years. Maybe even a college roommate! This is also not the place for your new friend of five minutes.

Save yourself a little sanity and think about who has been there for you when you’ve needed a shoulder to cry on, or an ear to tell a secret to. Those are your people.

Fairy Godmother Valdophye Wedding Party

Photo by Valdophye Photography.

Your wedding party can be as big, or as small, as you desire. However, think of things such as time, activities, and patience when considering your party. If you are interested in a fairly quick ceremony, but you have a bridal party of 15 on each side, it may take them a minute to all walk down to the altar, and stall your speedy plans.

 Remember, when asking your friends to join you in your nuptials, be sure to mull over your options. Ask yourself, “Will I be as close to this person in 10 years, as I am today?” If your answer is no, you may want to reconsider. Another final tip is to make sure that your wedding party will all get along and mesh perfectly! 

If you haven’t already, contact Fairy Godmother and let us share our fairy magic with you to create a seamlessly magical event! 

And They Lived Happily Ever After… – Fairy Godmother Friday

“Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo!” – Fairy Godmother

Fairy Godmother Gwen Corona Photography

We have shared countless events with you, and you have been there to cheer us on as we have continued to grow. We know that we couldn’t do any of this without you, we are so thankful for our “Fairy Followers!”

One couple recently came to Fairy Godmother wish a vision. This vision was in direct correlation with one of their many shared passions, Disney!

Fairy Godmother Gwen Corona Photography

When Fairy Godmother Cassandra first met Mindi and Julian, she knew that she was going to have to break out her fairy dust and get creative.

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The wedding took place at the historic Noriega House here in Bakersfield, amidst the bright green lawn, perfectly juxtaposed with the bright white of the arch surrounded by all of their closest family and friends.

Fairy Godmother Gwen Corona Photography

Paper products by Matinae Design Studio.

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Gwen Corona of Gwen Corona Photography captured the day perfectly! Stunning portraits to capturing every intricate detail, we are so proud to call her a “friendor!”

Fairy Godmother Gwen Corona Disney Wedding

 Fairy Godmother Gwen Corona Photography

Mindi’s bouquet is a one of a kind creation by As You Wish. It was compiled of many, many unique broaches and embellishments, and we can’t forget the pearls!

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The seating chart was as unique as the day, and keys were tagged with guests’ names and table numbers.

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“Whos its and whats its galore!” Mindi and Julian had plenty. The reception table centerpieces were decorated with unique Disney trinkets all relative of some of Disney’s most commonly known movies such as The Little Mermaid, Alice in Wonderland, and Beauty and the Beast!

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Fairy Godmother Gwen Corona Photography Fairy Godmother Gwen Corona Photography Fairy Godmother Gwen Corona Photography

Some of Mindi and Julian’s guests even got into the Disney spirit and joined the fun!

Fairy Godmother Gwen Corona Photography

 Guests were fully immersed into this Disney-inspired wedding, no detail was spared in planning.

Everything was considered from the cake topper, to handpicked books and even lanterns inspired by Alice In Wonderland! 

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A spoon full of sugar was the perfect guest favor for this absolutely magical wedding.

Fairy Godmother Gwen Corona Photography

This wedding was featured on Offbeat Bride, see it here!

Fairy Godmother Gwen Corona Photography

Thank you, Mindi and Julian for trusting Fairy Godmother with your magical day. We are truly honored!

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

Yay! You’re engaged!

At this point in the series of “Congratulations! You’re engaged, now what?” we are about 12 months away from your chosen date.

While you may have already chosen your venue, there may be other facilities desired. Many couples will hold their ceremony at one location, and their reception at another.

It is vital to this process that all of your dates align perfectly, these are the little details that can create waves on your wedding day. Confirming dates and having a physical contract will save you time, and a potential headache, in the event that something does go awry.  

It is incredibly common for couples to get married at their home church and then having their reception at a hall, or venue of the couple’s choice.

There is far more that goes into venue selection that the “ooh’s” and “ahh’s” of appearance and amenities.

Key factors that contribute to venue selection are guest count, style, ambiance, budget, spacial requirements, location, and what is or is not included are just a few.

Having a ballpark idea of your potential guest count is crucial to venue selection because you cannot have 200 guests at an intimate lodge with a maximum capacity of 50. Some things just will not work.

Budget is vital because, well, you more often than not, get what you pay for. If you are looking at hosting a frugal reception only with 50 guests, you might not choose the venue with a $20,000.00 rental fee.

Space is one of the most important parts of venue shopping! While it does revert back to guest count, you may also want to think of any extra spaces that you may want, or need. If you plan to have a sweets station, a drink station, maybe even a mimosa bar, you will need to ensure that you have adequate spaces available.

Finally, another major piece of booking the most perfect venue is to make sure there is a clear understanding by all parties involved of everything that is included, and what is not included. Are you allowed to bring in your own caterer? Does the venue have a preferred vendors list? Will there be a site coordinator included, and will they work well with your planner?

These are all questions that usually come up in walk-through visits and information tabs, but in the event that they do not, you now have the “Congratulations! You’re engaged, now what?” blog series to make sure you have everything covered! For what the blog does not cover, contact Fairy Godmother today to start planning your magical event!

Collaboration of Creative Partners – Fairy Godmother Friday

As we get ready for our March Collaboration of Creative Partners luncheon, we wanted to share about our previous two!

Fairy Godmother Collaboration of Creative Partners Logo

Specialty logo design by Matinae Design Studio.

Fairy Godmothers Colleen and Cassandra took a “fairy field trip” one day, and as many of you may know, some of our best ideas come from long car rides!

This “Fairy Field Trip” was actually a very special event! It was an exclusive, invitation-only conference put on by Stacie Francombe. Another invitee was none other than the famous Colin Cowie, Colin is best known for celebrity weddings and events. In one of Colin’s speeches, he said that our vendors are much more than the word leads us to believe, and that they are truly “Creative Partners!”

Just like that the “Collaboration of Creative Partners” luncheons were born.

Wedding Planner Magazine November 2016 Fairy Godmother Collaboration of Creative Partners

We have even written an article on the “Collaboration of Creative Partners” that was featured in Volume 6/Issue 6 of Wedding Planner Magazine!

Networking is vital in this industry, and this is why we love our “Collaboration of Creative Partners” luncheons! Having so much talent in one space is the absolute best feeling, and we are so lucky to call each and every one of these vendors, “friendors!”

Wedding Planner Magazine November 2016 Fairy Godmother Collaboration of Creative Partners

The “Collaboration of Creative Partners” luncheons allow for everyone to mingle and interact outside of an event or wedding, it gives us time to get personal and learn more about each other!

Wedding Planner Magazine November 2016 Fairy Godmother Collaboration of Creative Partners

            When business professionals come together and not only share the same air, but have casual conversations and are able to open up out of their shells also bouncing ideas back and forth, brainstorming, and share past experiences to build new ones. Through sharing ideas and goals, magic is created. Whether it is for a new project, or maybe through that of styled or theme inspired shoots. Collaboration open doors to a whole new world of possibilities for vendors.

January’s luncheon was graciously hosted by The Nines Restaurant inside the Bakersfield Marriot in Downtown Bakersfield.

Fairy Godmother Collaboration of Creative Partners Boone & Stacie Weddings

Menu by Matinae Design Studio. Photograph by Boone & Stacie Weddings.

In attendance we had Courtney of GhilaDolci Bakery, Joshua, Emily and Molly of Evermoore Films, JC Cota of All Sound Music, Diana of House of Flowers, Boone & Stacie of Boone & Stacie Weddings, and Ismael of The Nines Restaurant!

Fairy Godmother Collaboration of Creative Partners Boone & Stacie Weddings

Our January Collaboration of Creative Partners attendees. Photograph by Boone & Stacie Weddings.

Our February luncheon was held at the Bakersfield Petroleum Club, one of the most elite premier clubs in Bakersfield.

Fairy Godmother Collaboration of Creative Partners J.Michelle Photography

February was sweet, just like our guests! Photograph by J.Michelle Photography

Our friendors Janaye of J.Michelle Photography, Donald Glenn of Donald Glenn Entertainment, Madison and Brittany of the Petroleum Club of Bakersfield, Allie Mae of The Beautiful Life LLC, and Janice of the Flower Bar took the time out of their busy schedules to join us! 

Fairy Godmother Collaboration of Creative Partners J.Michelle Photography

February’s Creative Partner squad! Photograph by J.Michelle Photography.

If you are interested in joining us at one of our Creative Partner luncheons, please contact Colleen directly at Colleen@FairyGodmotherEvents.net! We would be more than excited to invite you!